Avoidant Personality Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: APD Symptoms, Social Inhibition Symptoms, Personality Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Avoidant Personality Disorder?

A person having avoidant personality disorder is anxious about his or her weaknesses so they avoid social contacts or situations that he or she could be rejected afterwards. They are very shy in having relationships, even though they have a strong desire to have an intimate relationship. That is one reason they only have relationships with people they know will not reject them. It is very painful for them if they are not accepted. And because of this, they would rather be alone and avoid close involvement with the people around him or her.

The following are also signs and symptoms that can be seen or observed with people having avoidant personality disorder:

  • Feeling of being unlikable and inadequate
  • Extremely affected and sensitive with criticism or rejection
  • Feeling of self-hatred
  • Being suspicious with people
  • Extreme shyness
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Extreme insecurity or self-conscious
  • Feeling of always being a failure
  • Habitual use of substance 7
  • Feeling inferior to others
  • Unable to function well at work
  • Reluctant to become involved with people
  • Exaggerate possible problem

Could You Have Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Avoidant Personality Disorder Topics

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