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Title: Avoidant Personality Disorder


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Avoidant Personality Disorder
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Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder, also referred to
    as anxious personality disorder occurs when one
    gets the feeling of inferiority, social
    inhibitions, inadequacy, sensitivity, negativity
    and rejection despite having the desire to
    interact with others. Individuals having
    Avoidant personality disorder often feel that
    they are socially inept. Hence, they avoid social
    interaction as they fear being humiliated,
    rejected or ridiculed. Avoidant personality
    disorder leads to problems in day to day life as
    it affects the ability to interact and maintain
    relationships with others.

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Causes of Avoidant personality disorder
  • The causes of Avoidant personality disorder may
    be influenced by various factors such as social,
    genetic, psychological as well as
    temperamental. Several disorders in childhood
    such as anxiety have been associated with
    temperament which leads to conditions of being
    shy, fearful and inhibited. This behavior can
    further lead to avoidant personality
    disorder. Emotional neglect during childhood and
    rejection by peers can also develop the risk
    causing Avoidant personality disorder.

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Diagnosis of Avoidant personality disorder
  • An individual having avoidant personality
    disorder can be diagnosed with the help of a
    mental health professional, if they display the
    following symptoms
  • Tendency to avoid activities that involve
    personal interaction
  • Fear of disapproval from social settings
  • Perception of self as inferior, inadequate or
    socially inept
  • Avoidant personality disorder can be seen in
    children and adolescents however, it cannot be
    diagnosed in childhood. Fear of strangers,
    rejection and social awkwardness are common
    during adolescence.

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Symptoms of Avoidant personality disorder
  • The symptoms of Avoidant personality disorder
    include
  • Low self esteem
  • Self-isolation
  • Sensitivity towards criticism and rejection
  • Feeling inferior and inadequate
  • Avoiding work and relationship that requires
    interaction
  • Social inhibition and shyness

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Treatment of Avoidant personality disorder
  • The avoidant personality disorder treatment may
    vary from person to person. However, it includes
    talk therapy and if conditions like depression or
    anxiety coexist, the mental health professional
    may also advise to take medications.

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