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

Avoidant personality disorder in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder: what does it add?
 

Author(s): Luana Marques, Eliora Porter, Aparna Keshaviah, Mark H Pollack, Michael Van Ameringen, Murray B Stein, Naomi M Simon

Journal: J Anxiety Disord. 2012 Aug;26(6):665-72.

 

Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) has a high level of symptom overlap and comorbidity with generalized social anxiety disorder (GSAD). We examined whether the presence of comorbid AvPD adds significant clinically relevant information for individuals seeking treatment for GSAD. ...

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2012

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Exploring the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and deliberate self-harm: the moderating roles of borderline and avoidant personality disorders.
 

Author(s): Kim L Gratz, Matthew T Tull

Journal: Psychiatry Res. 2012 Aug;199(1):19-23.

 

Despite increasing evidence for an association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and deliberate self-harm (DSH), few studies have examined the factors that moderate this association or the impact of co-occurring personality disorders among individuals with PTSD on DSH frequency. ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2012

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A parallel process growth model of avoidant personality disorder symptoms and personality traits.
 

Author(s): Aidan G C Wright, Aaron L Pincus, Mark F Lenzenweger

Journal: Personal Disord. 2013 Jul;4(3):230-8.

 

Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD), like other personality disorders, has historically been construed as a highly stable disorder. However, results from a number of longitudinal studies have found that the symptoms of AVPD demonstrate marked change over time. Little is known about ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2013

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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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