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In formulating guidelines for the treatment of avoidant personality disorder, it is important to bear in mind that this disorder shares many similarities with the Axis I disorder social phobia, as well as with agoraphobia. Avoidant personality disorder also shares characteristics with other Axis II disorders, particularly dependent personality disorder.
By Psych Central Staff People with avoidant personality disorder experience a long-standing feeling of inadequacy and are extremely sensitive to what others think about them. This leads to the person to be socially inhibited and feel socially inept.
Avoidant personality disorder ( AvPD ), also known as anxious personality disorder , [ 1 ] is a Cluster C personality disorder recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders handbook as afflicting a person when they display a pervasive pattern of social inhibition , feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation , and avoidance of social interaction . [ 2 ]