On this Psyche Saturday, we begin our journey into the Cluster C personality disorders. These are the personality disorders described as anxious and fearful. Today we are discussing Avoidant Personality Disorder.
According to the DSM-5, Avoidant Personality Disorder, or AVPD, is characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, American Psychiatric Association
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Lynn E. Alden, PhD, Judith M. Laposa, MA, Charles T. Taylor, BSc, and Andrew G. Ryder, BA, AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS.