Differential Diagnosis of Avoidant Personality Disorder

Shyness And Social Anxiety System

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A. Social Phobia, Generalized Type shares many features of avoidant personality disorder. Patients may meet criteria for both disorders. The two disorders may only be differentiated by a life-long pattern of avoidance seen in patients with avoidant personality disorder.

B. Dependent Personality Disorder patients are also hypersensitive to criticism and crave acceptance, but they will risk humiliation and rejection in order to get their dependent needs met. Patients may meet the criteria for both disorders.

C. Schizoid Personality Disorder. These patients also avoid interactions with others and are anxious in social settings; however, schizoid patients do not fear criticism and rejection. Avoidant patients will recognize that social isolation is abnormal.

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