Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder is a chronic mental condition in which feelings of inadequacy and extreme sensitivity cause a person to be avoid interactions with other people. People with avoidant personality disorder will seek to avoid work, school and other activities that involve socializing or interacting with others. Avoidant personality disorder typically becomes obvious by early adulthood and affects approximately one percent of the population. Symptoms often include avoiding activities for work, unwillingness to meet new people, showing restraint within intimate relationships, reluctance to take personal risks, and poor self image. These are due to an intense fear of being rejected by other people. A psychologist or psychiatrist can diagnose avoidant personality disorder by learning about a patient's symptoms and life history. Treatment will vary case-to-case, but generally people with avoidant personality disorder need long-term psychotherapy and sometimes medication.

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The terms "Avoidant Personality Disorder" returned 19 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Paroxetine, Cognitive Therapy or Their Combination in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder with and without Avoidant Personality Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
 

Author(s): Hans M Nordahl, Patrick A Vogel, Gunnar Morken, Tore C Stiles, Pål Sandvik, Adrian Wells

Journal: Psychother Psychosom. 2016 ;85(6):346-356.

 

The most efficacious treatments for social anxiety disorder (SAD) are the SSRIs and cognitive therapy (CT). Combined treatment is advocated for SAD but has not been evaluated in randomized trials using CT and SSRI. Our aim was to evaluate whether one treatment is more effective than ...

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2016

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Personality Disorder and Changes in Affect Consciousness: A 3-Year Follow-Up Study of Patients with Avoidant and Borderline Personality Disorder.
 

Author(s): Eivind Normann-Eide, Merete Selsbakk Johansen, Tone Normann-Eide, Jens Egeland, Theresa Wilberg

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Personality disorders (PDs) are highly prevalent in patients receiving psychiatric services, and are associated with significant personal and social costs. Over the past two decades, an increasing number of treatment studies have documented the effectiveness of treatment for patients ...

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2015

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Longitudinal associations between social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder: A twin study.
 

Author(s): Fartein Ask Torvik, Audun Welander-Vatn, Eivind Ystrom, Gun Peggy Knudsen, Nikolai Czajkowski, Kenneth S Kendler, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud

Journal: J Abnorm Psychol. 2016 Jan;125(1):114-24.

 

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) are frequently co-occurring psychiatric disorders with symptomatology related to fear of social situations. It is uncertain to what degree the 2 disorders reflect the same genetic and environmental risk factors. ...

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2016

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The terms "Avoidant Personality Disorder" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Predictors of withdrawal: possible precursors of avoidant personality disorder.
 

Author(s): Natalie D Eggum, Nancy Eisenberg, Tracy L Spinrad, Carlos Valiente, Alison Edwards, Anne S Kupfer, Mark Reiser

Journal: Dev. Psychopathol.. 2009 ;21(3):815-38.

 

Relations of avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) with shyness and inhibition suggest that a precursor of AvPD is withdrawal. Using a sample of 4.5- to 7-year-olds studied four times, 2 years apart, four and three classes of children differing in trajectories of mother- and teacher-reported ...

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2009

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Changes in the Brain as Borderline Patients Learn to Regulate Their Emotions
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Borderline Personality Disorders; Avoidant Personality Disorders

 

Last Updated: 8 Dec 2016

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