Antisocial Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder (AVPD) is a personality disorder. It is marked by social isolation, fear of criticism, extreme shyness, and an inferiority complex. It is defined by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. The DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Avoidant personality disorder has been defined with these criteria. At least five out of seven are required for diagnosis.

  • Avoids occupational activities involving significant interpersonal contact, due to fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection
  • Is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of acceptance
  • Shows restraint within intimate relationships due to fears of shame or ridicule
  • Preoccupied with fears of receiving criticism or rejection in social situations
  • Inhibited in new interpersonal situations due to feelings of inadequacy
  • Considers self as inferior to others, socially inept, or personally unappealing
  • Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

DSM-5 indicates that the annual prevalence of Avoidant Personality Disorder is around 2.4%.

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