What is it?

Avoidant personality disorder is a personality disorder which is characterized by feelings of extreme social inhibition, and sensitivity to negative criticism and rejection. People with avoidant personality disorder may feel uncomfortable in social situations, be hesitant to seek out friendship and difficulty maintaining intimate relationships.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include avoiding work, social, and school activities, low self esteem and self- isolation.


Avoidant personality disorder is diagnosed in a conversation with a mental health specialist by meeting the following criteria: Avoids occupational activities involving significant interpersonal contact, due to fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection. Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of acceptance. Shows restraint within intimate relationships due to fears of shame or ridicule


Treatment for avoidant personality disorder includes psychotherapy such as CBT with combination of medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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