Avoidant Personality Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises
Painfully shy and 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. This may lead to additional problems, including substance abuse, as a means of coping.
At Promises, our dedicated team of professionals 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. We help people take their life back with comprehensive avoidant personality disorder treatment and 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.
What Is Avoidant Personality Disorder?
Avoidant personality disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by feelings of extreme social inhibition, inadequacy, and sensitivity to criticism and rejection. It’s not merely shyness or feeling socially awkward. People diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder have significant problems relating with others and maintaining relationships. Estimates of the prevalence of avoidant personality disorder in the general population range from 0.5% to 1.8%.
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
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 some role in the development of the disorder.
Over the long term, a person who doesn’t receive avoidant personality disorder treatment may go on to develop a second mental health disorder, such as a mood disorder like depression, or to attempt to cope with life’s difficulties by resorting to drug and alcohol abuse.
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 and maintain close relationships, and begin to experience joy in life as a result of proactively engaging in new activities. Call our recovery advisors today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568
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