Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatments are Available?

There are many treatments available for avoidant personality disorder such as: social skills training, cognitive therapy, exposure treatment to get the patient well acquainted with people, support groups, and occasionally medications (Comer, 1996). Medications, like antidepressants, can sometimes decrease the feeling of rejection in a person having APD.

Another treatment is the psychotherapeutic technique when treating avoidant personality disorder. There are some factors to consider in applying this technique such as the goals of the patient, preferences, and psychological mindedness, and the capability and knowledge of the therapist. 8 However, there are some disadvantages that can be seen with psychotherapy, as trust is the foundation to start this treatment. People with APD will not be motivated and will eventually give up attending the sessions if they do not trust the therapist.

Although, treatment like psychotherapy will be helpful for the patient, it would be more effective if combination of both medication and talk therapy are applied. 9

There is data that shows that having a work-out program at the local gym can help a person with APD. This exercise therapy shows positive indications that it can be applied as a treatment, because it brings about feelings of happiness due to the increased endorphin production when exercising. It will help the patient to improve their optimistic outlook and help them to become socially approachable with other members of the gym as well. 10

In addition, it is important that when acquiring whatever kind of treatments mentioned above, the person should start with the willingness to be treated in his or herself, so that they will apprehend and put into practice what is being taught.

Without treatment, a person with avoidant personality disorder may become resigned to a life of near or total isolation. They may go on to develop a second psychiatric disorder such as substance abuse or a mood disorder like depression. 11

Could You Have Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Avoidant Personality Disorder Topics

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