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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder causes a person to avoid interaction with other people, especially if the interaction involves a new activity that may prove embarrassing. The person has trouble maintaining jobs working with other people, trouble maintaining relationships, and views others to be socially superior.

The fear linked with avoidant personality disorder stems from low self-esteem, shyness, and being overly sensitive to negative evaluation by others. Avoidant personality disorder may be a more severe form of social anxiety disorder (another disorder that causes fear of being ridiculed in public).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as of June 13, 2013

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Last Updated: June 13, 2013
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