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italmelb 04-24-10 06:55 AM

Avoidant Personality Disorder
 
Hello All

I have recently been diagnosed as having Avoidant personality disorder...
I didn't see any sections on this forum about this condition so I decided to open
this thread here. If there is anyone who suffers from this condition please feel free to share you story with us here.

Thanks!

italmelb 04-24-10 05:15 PM

Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD)[1] (or anxious personality disorder[2]) is a personality disorder recognized in the DSM-IV TR handbook in a person over the age of eighteen years as characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.
People with AvPD often consider themselves to be socially inept or personally unappealing, and avoid social interaction for fear of being ridiculed, humiliated, rejected, or disliked.
AvPD is usually first noticed in early adulthood, and is associated with perceived or actual rejection by parents or peers during childhood. Whether the feeling of rejection is due to the extreme interpersonal monitoring attributed to people with the disorder is still disputed.

bloodred 04-24-10 06:27 PM

I have this no doubt. I avoid people because i know they wont like me so i try my best too not even meet anyone in the first place. I even feel like that on here..

italmelb 04-24-10 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bloodred (Post 444155)
I have this no doubt. I avoid people because i know they wont like me so i try my best too not even meet anyone in the first place. I even feel like that on here..

Well it is not just people. It can be situations too....
For example I never have breakfast on my balcony because I think that people from the building across mine are going to look at me for the whole time...

powpowpow 04-25-10 04:48 AM

yes, i'm very socially anxious/avoidant. i don't answer the door or telephones, if i'm out walking in my neighbourhood i avoid walking past houses of people i know (just got back home and my neighbourhood is crawling with such people. *sigh*). i jog very early in the morning or at night when its dark and no one can see me.

its a large reason why i am depressed but in my world, people = death

italmelb 04-25-10 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by powpowpow (Post 444303)
yes, i'm very socially anxious/avoidant. i don't answer the door or telephones, if i'm out walking in my neighbourhood i avoid walking past houses of people i know (just got back home and my neighbourhood is crawling with such people. *sigh*). i jog very early in the morning or at night when its dark and no one can see me.

its a large reason why i am depressed but in my world, people = death

Are you taking any medication or doing any theraphy?

sad30 04-25-10 07:53 AM

hi all, this all sounds exactly how i feel most of the time... not answering door or phone, hate going places where i might bump into people i know but what i dont know is why i feel like this... cant even enjoy going for a walk anymore because of this.. its very over powering... i wasnt always this bad tho but it seems to be alot worse lately

italmelb 04-25-10 08:32 AM

Here is the diagnostic criteria table for Avoidant personality

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sad30 04-25-10 08:41 AM

hey spank thats describing me except i always thought i was just being paranoid, and couldnt explain it with out sounding totally stupid... are you on meds .. its just what im taking defo isnt helping... my meds are being changed at the moment so im feeling alot worse..

italmelb 04-25-10 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by sad30 (Post 444366)
hey spank thats describing me except i always thought i was just being paranoid, and couldnt explain it with out sounding totally stupid... are you on meds .. its just what im taking defo isnt helping... my meds are being changed at the moment so im feeling alot worse..

I am not on meds but I think I should be as the depression is quite severe, I have no motivation to do anything even the very few things I used to like doing

I started psychotherapy last week and it will probably go on for years


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