Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment
Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises
People with avoidant personality disorder go out of their way to avoid contact and connection with others. They may be viewed as loners or introverts, but their condition is much more serious. Because they are extremely fearful of ridicule and rejection, people with avoidant personality disorder may hide from contact with others until their world becomes increasingly narrow. Over time and without treatment, this self-isolation gets progressively worse. It can lead to mental health problems such as depression. People with avoidant personality disorder may turn to substance abuse as a means of coping.
At Promises, we can help people diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder start on the path toward increasing self-esteem and learning how to more comfortably interact with others. In our residential mental health treatment programs, we provide comprehensive avoidant personality disorder treatment with attention to co-occurring conditions. Our tailored treatment plans typically include medication and psychotherapy, often considered the most effective treatment to help those with avoidant personality disorder. We also integrate a blend of alternative and experiential therapies into treatment to encourage whole-person healing.
Avoidant Personality Disorder Symptoms
People with avoidant personality disorder may exhibit some or many of the following symptoms:
• Low self-esteem
• Avoiding activities at work, school and social functions for fear of criticism or rejection
• Fear of speaking up when in social situations due to fear of stammering, saying something inappropriate, blushing or otherwise feeling embarrassed
• High anxiety, often spending a great deal of time studying others for signs of rejection or approval
• Feeling uncomfortable and socially inept in most, if not all, social situations
• Taking comments about shyness or nervousness from others as a sign of rejection or criticism
• Reluctance to seek out friendships
• Fear of sharing personal information, even in close relationships
• Refusing to seek out new activities because they may prove embarrassing
Common Behavior Patterns
People with avoidant personality disorder are keen observers. They constantly read facial expressions and body language to determine what other people think of them. They worry all the time about how they are being perceived. Because they develop inflexible patterns for relating to the world and because these patterns are not aligned with normal social functioning, they are likely to have been made fun of over time. This makes it even harder to be willing to meet new people or expand their world.
People with avoidant personality disorder have difficulties not just socially but also at work. Career success often depends on positive interactions with others. But people with this disorder aren’t able to network, attend work events or be in any kind of situation that requires normal socializing. As a result, they are further isolated and less likely to be seen as an employee who participates.
Causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder
The causes of avoidant personality disorder are unknown. Researchers suspect that genes or a physical illness that significantly altered a person’s appearance may play a role. Over time, a person who doesn’t receive residential mental health treatment may go on to develop a second mental health disorder. These may include a mood disorder like depression or drug or alcohol abuse in an attempt to cope.
Ready to Get Help?
Our goal is to help people who come to Promises for avoidant personality disorder treatment develop a better ability to relate to others, form close relationships and proactively engage in new activities. Call our recovery advisors today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568
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