avoidant personality disorder

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avoidant personality disorder

n.
A personality disorder characterized by fear of rejection or disapproval in social situations, feelings of inadequacy, and extreme sensitivity to criticism.
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The International Personality Disorder Examination Questionnaire (IPDEQ): preliminary data on its utility as a screener for anxious personality disorder. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res.
A study, on the other hand, reported anxious personality disorders to be more common in females and rest of the personality disorders in males.16 Results of another study related to medical students indicated a prevalence of personality disorders in the range of 0-16% for males, and approximately 1-26% for females.17 A study showed that antisocial and borderline personality disorders were more prevalent in younger age groups, in men, while some disorders like obsessive-compulsive (anankastic) and dependent showed no individual association with demographic characteristics.16 Our study showed that most of the students with personality disorder were in the younger age group (<20 years), but there was no correlation of age with any specific personality disorder.