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 is Social phobia and Anxiety. However,
Social Phobia does not always stem from the same conditions AVPD does. It
can be more situational and less habit than what the condition of AVPD
Social Phobia can be treated a
little more effectively than Avoidant Personality Disorder whereas AvPD is considered to
affect people more intensely.
following is a description of
you may experience.
know these symptoms very well if you have APD. You
might also have experienced a
attack though not all Avoidants have panic attacks.
is sometimes an obsessive-compulsive component overlap to APD and social phobia.
a description of
Personality Disorder. Also see OCD.
Dependency could be one the
personality traits of a person with APD. An Avoidant may be very dependent on a spouse
or a parent for financial help and needs of safety.
Many Avoidants have a difficult
time holding jobs for extended periods.
is a description of
you have APD, you might also experienced one or more
Some Agoraphobics also have Avpd but
are confused as to what happened first, the Agoraphobia or the APD. The more
anxiety an Avoidant has the more possibility of
a panic epidsode occurring leading to
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
has also been seen and is an associated overlap in people who have AVPD.
Some people have a history of trauma in childhood or in later life
which created a strain on their nervous systems and led to the
behavior of avoidance.
If PTSD and its' symptoms are not
treated, mal-adaptive traits may become a part of the person in
which they are left to cope.
Some Avoidants turn to drugs and
alcohol to cope. Alcohol is used to get through anxious periods at
work or whenever the person's feelings of ineptness or self loathing creates too much
The result is a psychological slump but the good news is that often Avoidants who are chemically addicted will seek help and find it
and then move on to deal with the AVPD itself. Conversely, people who don't
necessarily have AVPD can develop social anxiety or social phobia
while drinking as the addictive disease progresses making the person
pull away from familiar people and places they use to frequent.
Once again, when the addictions
are addressed ~ the anxious and shameful feelings associated with
their former loss of control are lessoned and the previously
'avoidance' behavior is usually no longer a factor.
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:
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