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

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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A longitudinal, population-based twin study of avoidant and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder traits from early to middle adulthood.
 

Author(s): L C Gjerde, N Czajkowski, E Røysamb, E Ystrom, K Tambs, S H Aggen, R E Ørstavik, K S Kendler, T Reichborn-Kjennerud, G P Knudsen

Journal: Psychol Med. 2015 Dec;45(16):3539-48.

 

The phenotypic stability of avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) has previously been found to be moderate. However, little is known about the longitudinal structure of genetic and environmental factors for these disorders separately ...

Last Updated: 27 Oct 2015

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Avoidant personality disorder versus social phobia: the significance of childhood neglect.
 

Author(s): Ingeborg Eikenaes, Jens Egeland, Benjamin Hummelen, Theresa Wilberg

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Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) and social phobia (SP) are common disorders both in the community and in clinical settings. Whether the two disorders represent different severity levels of social anxiety disorder is currently in dispute. The relationship between AvPD and SP is ...

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2015

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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 Jun 2016

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