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What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?
Avoidant Personality Disorder (also known as AvPD) is a psychiatric condition that is characterised by extreme sensitivity to reject, and inhibitions in social and professional endeavors. Characteristics can include people who avoid accepting or assuming job offers or additional responsibilities due to fear of disappointing someone. Additionally, shortcomings and insecurities are primary focus of someone with Avoidant Personality Disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.2% of the American adult population have this disorder. Avoidant Personality Disorder is typically accompanied by anxiety based disorders and can range in severity. Often, someone with Avoidant Personality Disorder will have a history of conduct disorder prior to age 15.
Signs of Avoidant Personality Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder is typically characterised by isolation, very few close relationships or friends. Evidenced by an unwillingness to make new friends, possess an intense fear of rejection that will prevent them from getting involved with new people. They may feel socially inept and exhibit restraint in intimate and personal relationships due to fear of rejection.
Causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder
The exact cause of Avoidant Personality Disorder is undetermined, however, genetic makeup will impact the likelihood of it developing and your environment or life situations. Rejection from parents and peers may contribute to the development of this disorder. The avoidant behavior typically begins in infancy and may be evidenced by shyness, or isolate themselves from others - avoiding new relationships.
How is Avoidant Personality Disorder diagnosed?
Diagnosing Avoidant Personality Disorder can be challenging because it is often mistaken for a social phobia is often co-occurring with another diagnosis such as depression or anxiety. Characteristics can resemble symptoms in schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder, the key difference is the verbalized desire to have social relationships. Typically APD is diagnosed after an interview and screening. Assessment tools can include Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2), Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-II), Rorschach Psychodiagnostic Test, and Thematic Apperception Test (TAT).
Treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder
Treatment will be subjective to the individual. Antidepressants can assist in easing the anxiety of rejection and Psychotherapy, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), combined will be most effective.
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Further Reading about Avoidant Personality Disorder
Additional resources for those living with Avoidant Personality Disorder, please click here to view a blog of someone who is living with Avoidant Personality Disorder. You may choose to be interactive in the class or just observe. Furthermore, please click here to view a blog that has resources for those who are a loved one who has Avoidant Personality Disorder.