Avoidant Personality Disorder

Some people are never happy with their appearance or position in life. They usually are extremely sensitive to rejection because of their feelings of inadequacy. These fears can become quite intense and lead to serious problems socially, leaving people unable to form interpersonal relationships. Avoiding social situations can have many other negative effects on a person's life. Because the symptoms sometimes make it difficult for a person to decide to get treatment, we offer online therapy for avoidant personality disorder here at GoMentor.com.  Lifelong problems with work and relationships don’t have to be a problem.

Causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder 

The exact cause of avoidant personality disorder is now known, but as with similar disorders it is thought to be a mix of physical and psychological factors. On the physical side, genes may play a role in whether or not a person develops this disorder in their life. There may also be problems with an imbalance of the chemistry in the brain, which can cause the symptoms to appear. Others may develop the disorder after a traumatic experience in childhood or as a result of poor parenting.

Symptoms and Dangers of Avoidant Personality Disorder 

One of the main symptoms of avoidant personality disorder is a preoccupation with appearance, especially perceived shortcomings. This obsessing over looks can lead to an intense fear of rejection which can cause a person to avoid forming relationships. Social advancement may be slow or nonexistent if someone doesn’t try because of a fear of failure. As you might imagine, this cycle can lead to quite a few other mental disorders developing, including major depression, which has many serious risks associated with it. There is also a chance that a person may withdraw from the world completely, living a life of complete and total isolation.

Treatment for Avoidant Personality Disorder 

A person with avoidant personality disorder may not want to get treatment because of the very symptoms they need help with. This is one of the reasons we developed online therapy for this and other personality disorders. On GoMentor.com you can find - and book online therapy sessions with - therapists that understand the difficulties a person with this disorder will face in their life. This understanding is used to create a behavioral therapy program that can help a person learn to be more active socially in life, which can lead to a more rewarding life overall. Learning to deal with avoidant personality disorder doesn’t have to be a difficult process.

Definition of Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder causes a person to be extremely sensitive to rejection because of inflated fears of inadequacy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended as part of treatment for avoidant personality disorder.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Avoidant Personality Disorder

  • Preoccupation with shortcomings
  • Sensitivity to rejection
  • Inhibited interpersonal relationships
  • Fear of inadequacy

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