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The person with aviodant personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive feeling of tension and fear. There is an excessive preoccupation with being able to be criticized or rejected in social situations, which can lead to an unwillingness to get involved with others if one is not sure of being liked.

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Symptoms of avoidant personality disorder

A personality disorder is characterized by abnormalities in the personality. The condition manifests itself already in adolescence and continues into adulthood.

The person with avoidant personality disorder has a persistent pattern of social restraint, a feeling of not being good enough, and hypersensitivity to negative judgments.

The person with avoidant personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive feeling of tension and fear. There is an excessive preoccupation with the possibility of being criticized or rejected in social situations, which can lead to an unwillingness to get involved with others if one is not sure of being liked.

The person often has a restricted lifestyle due to the need for physical security. One avoids social or professional activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, due to fear of criticism, disapproval or rejection. There is a pervasive sense of being less valuable than others. 

It is typical to have a hypersensitivity to rejection and criticism.

 

According to the diagnostic tool SCID-II, evasive personality disorder is characterized by the following traits

 

  1. Avoids social and professional activities that involve a lot of interpersonal contact
  2. Excessive fear of criticism, disapproval or rejection. 
  3. Is not willing to get involved with other people as long as he is not sure of being liked. 
  4. Is restraint in intimate relationships for fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed. 
  5. Is obsessed with the fear of being criticized or rejected in social situations. 
  6. Is inhibited in new social situations due to the feeling of inadequacy. 
  7. Sees himself as socially incompetent, as one who lacks personal appeal, or is less valuable than others. 
  8. Is unusually hesitant when it comes to taking chances or getting involved in any new activity, because the person he/she they can embarrass himself/herself.  

 

What helps with avoidant personality disorder?

The treatment of personality disorders aims to create better social functioning and adaptation. In addition, attempts are made to reduce acute symptoms, such as psychosis. Furthermore, support is provided to ride out crises in relation to those closest to them.

In the treatment context, personality disorders are divided into two groups: mild and severe personality disorders. The mild personality disorders include avoidant, obsessive-compulsive and dependent personality disorders, while the rest are considered among the most severe.

The main treatment for the mild personality disorders is long-term psychotherapy. This is done by a specialist. Some will need additional treatment for depression and anxiety.

In the case of severe personality disorders, hospitalization and medical treatment in crises may be necessary, in addition to long-term psychotherapy. Supportive talks with a general practitioner may also be relevant.

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Ove Heradstveit

Psychologist, specialist in clinical community psychology. PhD.
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