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 21 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The fear of being laughed at as additional diagnostic criterion in social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder?
 

Author(s): Michael M Havranek, Fleur Volkart, Bianca Bolliger, Sophie Roos, Maximilian Buschner, Ramin Mansour, Thomas Chmielewski, Katharina Gaudlitz, Josef Hättenschwiler, Erich Seifritz, Willibald Ruch

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Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the most common anxiety disorder and has considerable negative impact on social functioning, quality of life, and career progression of those affected. Gelotophobia (the fear of being laughed at) shares many similarities and has therefore been proposed ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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 ...

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Sex determines cortisol and alpha-amylase responses to acute physical and psychosocial stress in patients with avoidant personality disorder.
 

Author(s): Yoshihiro Tanaka, Yoshinobu Ishitobi, Ayako Inoue, Harumi Oshita, Kana Okamoto, Chiwa Kawashima, Mari Nakanishi, Saeko Aizawa, Koji Masuda, Yoshihiro Maruyama, Haruka Higuma, Masayuki Kanehisa, Taiga Ninomiya, Jotaro Akiyoshi

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Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) has excessive and pervasive anxiety and discomfort in social situations. The aims of this study were to explore the relationship between AVPD and physical and psychological stress and psychological tests.

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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 ...

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