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Avoidant Personality Disorder

 

Avoidant personality disorder is a disorder characterized by a lifelong pattern of extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection.  Personality disorders are lifelong patterns of behavior that cause problems with work and relationships. The cause of avoidant personality disorder is unknown.

People with avoidant personality disorder form relationships with others only if they believe they will not be rejected. They are preoccupied with their own shortcomings. Loss and rejection are so painful that these individuals will choose loneliness rather than risk trying to connect with others. Without treatment, a person with avoidant personality disorder may become resigned to a life of near or total isolation.

A person with avoidant personality may:

 


 

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