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How do you diagnose avoidant personality disorder?

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A person needs to show at least four of these to be diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder:

  • Avoids jobs that involve a lot of interpersonal contact because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection
  • Is unwilling to get involved with people unless they're certain of being liked
  • Shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed
  • Is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations
  • Holds back in settings with new people because of feelings of inadequacy
  • Views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others
  • Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to try any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

SOURCES:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 4th ed., Washington, D.C.

National Institute of Mental Health: “The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America” and “Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder).”

Mental Health America: “Personality Disorders.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , 4th ed., Washington, D.C.

National Institute of Mental Health: “The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America” and “Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder).”

Mental Health America: “Personality Disorders.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

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