Question: What causes an avoidant personality?

The exact cause of avoidant personality disorder is not known. However, it is believed that both genetics and environment play a role. It is believed that avoidant personality disorder may be passed down in families through genes but this has not yet been proven.

How does avoidant personality develop?

The cause of avoidant personality disorder is unknown. Genetics and environmental factors, such as rejection by a parent or peers, may play a role in the development of the condition. The avoidant behavior typically starts in infancy or early childhood with shyness, isolation, and avoidance of strangers or new places.

How do you fix avoidant personality disorder?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is the primary avoidant personality disorder treatment. Psychotherapy may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on reducing negative thought patterns and building social skills.

Can you overcome avoidant personality disorder?

Like all personality disorders, AVPD is difficult to treat and cannot be cured, but men and women who have it can learn to cope with their fears and eventually overcome their previous limitations.

What is avoidance a symptom of?

Avoidant personality disorder symptoms include a variety of behaviors, such as: Avoiding work, social, or school activities for fear of criticism or rejection. It may feel as if you are frequently unwelcome in social situations, even when that is not the case.

Is avoidant personality disorder serious?

People with avoidant personality disorder (APD) have a lifelong pattern of extreme shyness. They also feel inadequate and are hypersensitive to rejection. APD can cause psychiatric symptoms that create serious problems with relationships and work.

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