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Personality Disorder Avoidant Overview

Another name for Personality Disorder Avoidant is Avoidant Personality Disorder.

What is an avoidant personality disorder?
A person with avoidant personality disorder has a mental illness that results in fear of criticism, feelings of inadequacy, and timid behavior.

What are the symptoms of an avoidant personality disorder?
Common symptoms of an avoidant personality disorder include difficulty starting relationships, avoiding intimate relationships, preoccupation with being criticized, difficulties coping with stress, and occupational problems.

How does the doctor treat an avoidant personality disorder?
Treatment options for an avoidant personality disorder include support group, mental health counseling, and medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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