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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and heightened sensitivity to rejection all characterize avoidant personality disorder. If these issues have been a problem for you all your life, then you may benefit from mental health treatment designed to mitigate the symptoms of avoidant personality disorder.

Contact us today – 24 hours a day – to learn more about your options in avoidant personality disorder treatment.

Psychotherapy Is an Effective Way to Address Personality Disorders

Long-term psychotherapy with a therapist you trust is the best way to mitigate the symptoms of avoidant personality disorder. Very difficult symptoms may be addressed with medication but the focus of treatment will be on psychotherapeutic exploration and growth – just like most personality disorders. According to PubMed Health, some effective types of therapy include:

  • Personal therapy. Developing a trusting relationship with your therapist can help you learn to trust others as well.
  • Group therapy. Practicing appropriate interactions with others can help you to feel more confident in social situations.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy. Working on identifying the behaviors that are holding you back in social situations and replacing those behaviors with ones that are more conducive to building relationships can help you to feel less shy.

The priority for you in therapy for a personality disorder is to be as forthcoming as possible. The more you withhold in treatment, the less likely you will be to receive the correct diagnosis and get the help you need to heal.

Signs of Avoidant Personality Disorder

According to Psych Central, some of the symptoms that may signify avoidant personality disorder include:

  • Social inhibition
  • Avoidance of social activities
  • Avoidance of situations where rejection is possible
  • Fearful of developing intimate relationships due to fear of rejection
  • The view of oneself as inferior
  • Fearful of embarrassment
  • Preoccupation with being criticized

Dealing With Life Problems Is the Goal of Treatment

Endless treatment with no structure to define the sessions is not the best way to deal with avoidant personality disorder. Like other personality disorders, the best way to handle the disorder is to create a goal-oriented treatment plan that addresses specific issues that come with day-to-day life. Learning how to start a conversation with someone new, maintain interest when the other person is extremely different from you, gracefully end a conversation, and other basics can be practiced during therapy. Specific issues with coworkers, family members, neighbors and friends can also be addressed.

Quick Facts

  • Avoidant personality disorder – like all personality disorders – is characterized by lifelong patterns of maladaptive behavior.
  • It is estimated that about one percent of the American population is living with avoidant personality disorder.
  • Neither males nor females are more often diagnosed with the disorder.
  • No one knows the cause of avoidant personality disorder.
  • You must be 18 to be diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder.
  • Most symptoms decrease in severity by one’s 40s or 50s.

5 Steps to Treatment

  • Get the right diagnosis.
  • Find an appropriate mental health treatment center with professionals who specialize in avoidant personality disorder.
  • Develop a personalized treatment plan.
  • Stick to that treatment plan no matter what.
  • Adjust the treatment plan as you make progress and reach your goals.

Ready to get started? Contact us at the phone number listed above and find the best exclusive mental health treatment program that can help you learn how to manage your symptoms associated with avoidant personality disorder.


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