What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

One of a group of personality disorders, avoidant personality disorder is characterised by a lifelong pattern of feelings of social anxiety and fear of rejection and humiliation. 

Not to be confused with social or general anxiety, people with avoidant personality disorder have extreme feelings of anxiety when they are in social situations.  This can lead them to avoiding any kind of social interaction to the point that they isolate themselves from people. 

They suffer with low confidence and self-esteem, have feeling of low self-worth and feel they are inferior to their peers.  Fearing both rejection and humiliation, they struggle to make friends because of this.  It can have a huge impact on their personal relationships and cause them to suffer with anxiety and depression.


As with most personality disorders the exact cause of avoidant personality disorder is not known, however it is believed that it has both …

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