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[Self-Test] Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) is characterized by patterns of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.1 People with AVPD fear rejection and criticism from others, and tend to view themselves as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others.

They are unlikely to take risks or engage in new activities that could expose them to evaluation from others. AVPD often affects workplace functioning and occupational advancement.AVPD occurs in up to 2.5% of the population, though estimates vary.2 It is one of three Cluster C personality disorders, which are characterized by anxious, fearful behaviors and thoughts.

AVPD often co-occurs with other conditions, including depression and anxiety.2 AVPD appears so similar to social anxiety disorder that some researchers question whether the former is a distinct disorder or a variant of the latter.13Research also suggests a link between AVPD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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