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KateUK 10-08-17 03:30 AM

Avoidant Personality Disorder
Described as this:

Avoidant Personality Disorder (avPD) also known as anxious personality disorder is a cluster C personality disorder. Those affected display a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction despite a strong desire to be close to others.

Does anyone know how to get diagnosed and/or if there is any treatment for this disorder?

I'm convinced I have it and it's ruined my life. I have no contact with anyone. No family, nothing as I'm scared of rejection because I see myself as such a loser. I can't even vocalise what I want to say because I start trembling. I'm so focused on how I come across to other people that I don't even listen to what people are saying.


Watashi 10-08-17 05:00 AM

You can read about it's symptoms on the internet. I'm not sure what you mean by "Does anyone know how to get diagnosed". You can be diagnosed only by a specialist.

I don't know if it's a good idea, but you could visit a psycholog. Not sure if i got APD like you, though i am avoiding people as much as i can and i sometimes can't to "hear" what they r saying. Like i was stucked in my head cuz of the anxiety. My psychiatrist told me that i should see a psycholog and to undergo a therapy. I've never got there, though.

KateUK 10-08-17 06:37 AM

Hi Watashi,

I had CBT earlier this year but nothing was mentioned about a personality disorder but I definitely fit into this category and was wondering if I should be checked by a doctor/specialist and then if I do have this. it might be easier to treat. Sometimes though, I just feel as if I'm doomed and nothing will help. I suppose I should go and see my doctor and see what she says.

Life isn't worth living if you can't connect with anyone even on a basic level. We aren't meant to be isolated but these disorders make life that way. Life is shit and I don't know how to make it better. I don't think some of us can be cured really.

SensualGirl 10-08-17 07:35 AM

Why do you feel the need to label yourself with "avoidant personality disorder?" Maybe you're just shy/anxious.

You don't need a doctor. You just need to face your fear.


KateUK 10-08-17 08:01 AM

Because I've researched and I fit the signs of it? All but one. So I think if these criteria are set by medical experts then I should take note. If I can be diagnosed or recognised with this then it might help me to work through it.

Watashi 10-08-17 08:59 AM


Originally Posted by SensualGirl (Post 2728090)
Why do you feel the need to label yourself with "avoidant personality disorder?" Maybe you're just shy/anxious.

And maybe not?

Anyway, hope you'll get better. Just try to remember the times when you weren't so shy. And try to think about why you are so shy. Try to go out among people. Be yourself. Catch your thoughts and say them. Expres how are you feeling. Be happy.:smile:

You seem like quite a smart girl.

KateUK 10-08-17 10:04 AM

Thanks. Just tried to PM you but can't see how right now. I'm reading Russell Brand's new book, Recovery, and it seems quite helpful. Too early at the moment to tell but so far I'm thinking, "Yes", this might work.

Watashi 10-08-17 10:48 AM

Social anxiety is the most common disorder, so u r not alone in this. U've said u have no contact with anyone, even with family. Can you somehow contact them? Don't believe you are a loser. You are a human being. Everyone makes mistakes/failures.

KateUK 10-08-17 11:58 AM

Yeah but the problem we all have (and I bet there's a lot of us who feel inferior) is how do we accept ourselves as we are? I don't even know who I am as I change personality depending on what I think people want from me such is my fear of rejection lol. God I must seem bizarre sometimes.

Watashi 10-08-17 12:06 PM

You Are who you are. Things that are funny to you, things that make you sad, your thoughts, your feelings... that's you. Maybe you are switching your character, depending on a situation, but inside it's still you. You are not anyhow bizzare when you are feeling weird among the others and trying to adapt. A huge percentage of this population feel the same.

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