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What is avoidant personality disorder?

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Avoidant personality disorder is characterized by feelings of extreme social inhibition, inadequacy, and sensitivity to negative criticism and rejection. The symptoms are more than simply being shy or socially awkward. Avoidant personality disorder causes significant problems that affect the ability to interact with others and maintain relationships in day-to-day life. About 1% of the general population has avoidant personality disorder.

From: Avoidant Personality Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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 Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

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 Joseph Goldberg on October 13, 2017

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