Avoidant Personality Disorder

A disorder characterized by a pattern of social inhibition, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, feeling of inadequacy and avoidance of social interaction is termed as Avoidant Personality Disorder. It can also be called anxious personality disorder. This disorder is usually detected in individuals above the age of 18 years. They consider themselves as unappealing and avoid social interactions with a fear of being humiliated, rejected or disliked.


  • The affected individual is very sensitivity to rejection or criticism.
  • He has a very low self esteem.
  • He generally tends to avoid interpersonal relationships.
  • He gets too self conscious.
  • He has a feeling of inferiority.
  • Extremely shy while in any kind of a relationship.

The cause for the disorder is not clearly known. Researchers feel avoidant Personality Disorder may be influenced by a combination of genetic, psychological and social factors.
It has been diagnosed that people suffering from this disorder, have had past painful experiences of societal rejection or chronic parental criticism. This could be also be a cause of Avoidant Personality Disorder.

The treatment techniques for Avoidant Personality Disorder are:
Social skill training, cognitive therapy, drug therapy etc.
One of the key treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder is gaining and keeping the patients trust as sometimes due to the fear of rejection, the patient begins to avoid these treatment sessions.

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