Avoidant Personality Disorder

 

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Diagnostic Criteria


A marked and persistent
fear of one or more social
or performance situations in 
which the person is 
exposed to unfamiliar people 
or to possible scrutiny
by others. The individual fears 
that he or she will act
in a way (or show anxiety symptoms) 
that will be humiliating 
or embarrassing. Note: In children, 
there must be evidence of 
the capacity for age-appropriate social 
relationships with 
familiar people and the anxiety must occur 
in peer settings, 
not just in interactions with adults. 

Exposure to the feared social 
situation almost 
invariably provokes anxiety, which 
may take the 
form of a situationally bound or 
situationally 
predisposed Panic Attack. Note: 
In children, 
the anxiety may be expressed by crying, 
tantrums, 
freezing, or shrinking from 
social situations with unfamiliar 
people. 

The person recognizes that the fear 
is excessive or 
unreasonable.
Note: In children, this feature may 
be absent. 

The feared social or performance 
situations are avoided or 
else are endured with intense 
anxiety or distress. 

The avoidance, anxious anticipation, 
or distress in 
the feared social or performance 
situation(s) interferes 
significantly with the person's 
normal routine, occupational 
academic) functioning, or social 
activities or
Associated Features


Depressed Mood 
Somatic/Sexual Dysfunction 
Addiction 
Anxious/Fearful/Dependent Personality 

Differential Diagnosis

Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia; 
Agoraphobia Without 
History of Panic Disorder; 
Separation Anxiety Disorder; 
Generalized Anxiety Disorder; 
Specific Phobia; Pervasive 
Developmental Disorder; Schizoid 
Personality Disorder; 
Avoidant Personality Disorder; 
associated features of 
many other mental disorders; 
Anxiety Disorder Not 
Otherwise Specified; Performance 
anxiety, stage fright, 
and shyness. 

 

 

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