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Avoidant Personality Disorder

People with avoidant personality disorder have issues concerning the acceptance by the society. They always think that they are not well accepted by the society and have a feeling of inadequacy. Due to those feelings and the way of thinking, they will often seek a way to avoid any activity that includes interaction with people. People with whom they contact describe them as shy, lonely and as persons who keep out of way, don’t spend time with other people. People with avoidant personality disorder often imagine that they have perfect relationships with others who are close to them. The occurrence of low self-esteem and doubt in them are in a correlation with limited interpersonal contacts. They have a low opinion of their qualities and that is why they always think that someone will mock and make fun of them.

Symptoms of Avoidant Personality Disorder

There is a pattern of feelings that is noticed in people with avoidant personality disorder. People who have this problem most usually have a feeling of inadequacy, hypersensitivity to someone else’s opinion and repressed desire for socialization. The time when one develops symptoms of personality avoidant disorder is somewhere in the early adulthood. Avoidance of social events due to fear of being criticized, or declined from social group present symptoms of personality avoidance disorder. They don’t want to be in company with people unless sure that they are being liked by them. They are restrained in the relationships with their partners because they feel anxious and have a fear of humiliation. They always think that someone will talk bad about them or will always monitor their behavior so that they could latter be criticized. They tend to see themselves as someone who isn’t able to fit into society, someone who is not so intelligent and who is worse than others.

According to statistics 0.5-1% of population is diagnosed with personality avoidance disorder. The good thing is that, as time passes by, symptoms of avoidance personality disorder reduce and at 40s and 50s majority of symptoms are gone.


Psychologist or psychiatrist is a trained professional who can make a diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder based on session with a patient. Sadly, people with this type of disorder don’t want help, but doctors most often diagnose this condition when they come, because they have some other issues.

Causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder

The accurate cause for avoidant personality disorder is not known yet. Scientists believe that the cause is a mixture of many factors such as biological, genetics, social and psychological. The treatment for people diagnosed with this type of disorder is a long-term therapy that is conducted by a psychotherapist.

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