avoidant personality disorder


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Related to avoidant personality disorder: Schizoid personality disorder, Dependent personality disorder

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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Avoidant personality disorder as a predictor for treatment outcome among generalized social phobics.
Twelve-month test-retest reliability was generally acceptable to good, with the exception of avoidant personality disorder (Weiss, Najavits, Muenz, & Hufford, 1995).
DSM-IV PERSONALITY DISORDERS Cluster A Paranoid personality disorder Odd and eccentric) Schizoid personality disorder Cluster B Histrionic personality disorder (Flamboyant) Narcissistic personality disorder Antisocial personality disorder Borderline personality disorder Cluster C Avoidant personality disorder (Anxious avoidant) Dependant personality disorder Obsessive-Compulsive personality disorder TABLE 2A.
Medical reports onWest concluded that she suffers from a number of conditions, including avoidant personality disorder, agoraphobia and panic attacks.
Avoidant personality disorder: Current status and future directions.
"That abnormality was a depressive illness occurring against a background of anxious avoidant personality disorder."
Distancing avoidant personality disorder. Westport.
The DSM-IV defines schizoid personality disorder as "a pervasive pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions in interpersonal settings." (8) Avoidant personality disorder is defined as "a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation." (9) Certainly, trial lawyers (who comprise a majority of the treatment patients) would be significantly hindered by these types of personality configurations.
What's serious: When your life is ruled by the constant fear of looking like a dork in front of others, you may be struggling with social phobia or avoidant personality disorder. Sufferers duck interaction with others as much as possible - stuff like chatting with a classmate, ordering lunch from a fastfood joint - because they're sure they're going to appear inferior, clumsy or stupid.
Patients with the diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder tend to manifest the following characteristics (See DSM-IV criteria, APA, 1994; Cooper, Frances and Sacks, 1986: Millon, 1996: Widiger, 1992):
The present findings are in accord with research that has found relatively high rates of avoidant personality disorder among eating-disordered adults (Johnson & Wonderlich, 1992; Vitousek & Manke, 1994).
DSM-IV, published in 1994, includes as mental disorders such behaviors as "disorder of written expression," "childhood conduct disorder," "pathological gambling," "adjustment disorder with anxiety," and "avoidant personality disorder." The boundaries of such "disorders" are so vague that I can find a DSM-IV diagnosis to fit everyone I know--except of course my wife.