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Can kids have avoidant personality disorder?

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Avoidant behavior is common in children and adolescents, but a diagnosis of a personality disorder can't be made because shyness, fear of strangers, social awkwardness, and being sensitive to criticism are often a normal part of development.

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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