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Avoidant Personality Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: APD Diagnosis, Social Inhibition Diagnosis, Personality Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Avoidant Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

Based on DSM-IV TR of the American Psychiatric Association, they have defined avoidant personality disorder as a "pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

  • Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection
  • Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked
  • Shows restraint initiating intimate relationships because of the fear of being ashamed, ridiculed, or rejected due to severe low self-worth.
  • Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations
  • Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy
  • Views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others
  • Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing
  • Often fantasize about the condition that he or she doesn’t want to happen but would like to experience

Could You Have Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Avoidant Personality Disorder Topics

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