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Untold stories from around the world from people living with and
Avoidant Personality Disorder
This site is dedicated to all those
seekers searching and hoping to be
understood. Is there a place of acceptance for you? Yes...and you have found us.
We are a group of men and women whose lives have been deeply affected by
Avoidant Personality Disorder.
(The abbreviations AvPD
and APD are interchanged. In this context the abbreviation APD is not to be confused with Anti-social
Personality Disorder or Auditory Processing Disorder).
We created the Avoidant Personality Disorder website to help ourselves and others with
AvPD/APD and to keep the Avoidant support
groups online for
people with Avoidant Personality Disorder to find each other and to
share their experiences with others who know in their hearts what it
feels like to have Avoidant Personality Disorder along with other conditions
that may overlap or concur. This group also welcomes those with Social Anxiety, Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, Schizoid Personality Disorder and Obsessive
Compulsive Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other overlapping disorders that hinders
functionality in combination to APD.How can we each know if we have Avoidant Personality Disorder?
Well, read the medical descriptions of AvPD provided. If it feels like you've been
pierced through your heart and a whole truck load of emotions hits you all at
once; extreme anxiety
(you may feel like choking, crying, throwing up... things
like that) because some or most of the description fits you... and if it touches that secret
place inside you that you keep hidden so well - you may have found your answer.
If you see yourself
everywhere in the personal accounts we have on this
page, then you're probably one of us. If that is
the case we urge you to sign up for the mailing list. Those who have Avoidant
Personality Disorder and severe Social Anxiety are marked by intelligence and courage. We are living with this
thing but fight our whole lives not to let it destroy us. We have a strong
trait in our personalities that wants to fight the disordered part. But without
we fight in the wrong way though nonetheless we still fight!
We are a peculiar people; often others don't understand us. Our avoidant
personalities cause others to wonder or to judge. But likely it is that as
people with this disorder we are particularly sensitive to what our environment
contains. Hyper-vigilance and mistrust will often accompany our thoughts and though
we may yearn in our souls for friendships...they often elude us. This leads
to isolation for fear of rejection and a lack of acceptance amongst others.
Ultimately, we may find ways to "cope." We might decide that being
alone is preferable to being with others. We may find our own company though
lonely...safer than what we had experienced before. We think - If we don't risk then we
can keep others from hurting us. If we can build walls around our hearts,
around our bodies then we can cocoon and find solace within the quiet peace of
ourselves. We want a soulful existence but the FEAR is strong, the
vulnerability just too much and so...we go inward.
We want to offer you hope! It is not over! You are a person of purpose and
meaning. Here we will offer you support, encouragement and a dose of humor to
help get you through your days. Come and be a part of this unique group of
We hope you will join us and
sign up at our
and if you don't feel like posting you can lurk and read messages. Be assured that you are in the right place.
WHO of Avoidant Personality
text describes the diagnostic criteria for AvPD.
is a good likelihood that AvPD is the extreme form of
Phobia. If you have APD you will recognize many of the characteristics
of Social Phobia/Social Anxiety in yourself.
hallmark of both AvPD and Social phobias is Anxiety.
following is a description of
you may experience.
know these symptoms very well if you have APD.
might also have experienced a
attack though not all Avoidant's have panic attacks.
is sometimes an obsessive-compulsive component to APD and social phobia. This is
a description of
could be one the personality traits of a person with APD.
is a description of
you have APD, you might also experienced one or more
last text is written for this page. It contains information of the American
system of classifying personality disorders, but Avoidants' all around the world
will benefit from reading it:
can see more at:
Avoidant Personality pages.
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people with Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD) and overlapping
issues that contribute to Avoidance and fear.
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