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What are symptoms of avoidant personality disorder?

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A person who has avoidant personality disorder avoids work, social, or school activities, often because they feel unwelcome. They're aware of being uncomfortable in social situations and often feel socially inept. They may be afraid to speak up for fear of saying the wrong thing, blushing, stammering, or otherwise getting embarrassed. Good-natured teasing may feel like criticism or rejection. They tend to have low self-esteem.

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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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