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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder causes a person to avoid interaction with other people, especially if the interaction involves a new activity that may prove embarrassing. The person has trouble maintaining jobs working with other people, trouble maintaining relationships, and views others to be socially superior.

The fear linked with avoidant personality disorder stems from low self-esteem, shyness, and being overly sensitive to negative evaluation by others. Avoidant personality disorder may be a more severe form of social anxiety disorder (another disorder that causes fear of being ridiculed in public).

Last Revised: July 11, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry

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