Avoidant Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction despite a strong desire for intimacy.

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Is there a test for Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with avoidant personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you avoid activities for fear of criticism?

  • Do you very rarely take the initiative in building social relationships?

  • Do you find it difficult to open up to other people, even if they are close to you?

  • Are you afraid of being criticized or rejected by other people?

  • Are you usually quiet and reserved when meeting new people?

  • Do you think other people are smarter or more attractive than you?

  • Are you afraid of embarrassing yourself?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have avoidant personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Avoidant Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Hypersensitivity to criticism

  • Few or no relationships

  • Social anxiety

  • Excessive shyness and self-consciousness

  • Catastrophizing

  • Prohibitively low risk-taking

  • Negative self-perception

If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.