Medical Definition of Avoidant Personality Disorder

By | August 2, 2018

Medical Definition of Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

A personality disorder that is characterized by excessive sensitivity to social criticism and rejection, low self-esteem, and social withdrawal despite a desire for acceptance and affection

Like individuals with social phobia, patients with avoidant personality disorder are sensitive to criticism and the possibility of disapproval. However, because of discomfort with others, they usually avoid personal relationships, rather than just specific social situations.

—H. Michael ZalPsychiatric TimesMay 2003

 

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