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Dr. Vijayakumar D.R MBBS, DPM, DNB (NIMHANS), CCST (UK)
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Avoidant Personality Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A pervasive  pattern  of  social  inhibition,  feelings  of  inadequacy,  and   hypersensitivity  to  negative  evaluation,  beginning  by  early  adulthood  and  present  in  a   variety  of  contexts,  as  indicated  by  four (or  more) of  the  following:

  1. 1. Avoids  occupational  activities  that  involve  significant  interpersonal  contact  because  of  fears  of  criticism,  disapproval,  or  rejection.
  2. 2. Is  unwilling  to  get  involved  with  people  unless  certain  of  being  liked.
  3. 3. Shows  restraint  within  intimate  relationships  because  of  the  fear  of  being  shamed  or  ridiculed.
  4. 4. Is  preoccupied  with  being  criticized  or  rejected  in  social  situations.
  5. 5. Is  inhibited  in  new  interpersonal  situations  because  of  feelings  of  inadequacy.
  6. 6. Views  self  as  socially  inept,  personally  unappealing,  or  inferior  to  others.

Is unusually  reluctant  to  take  personal  risks  or  to  engage  in  any  new  activities  because  they  may  prove   embarrassing