Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Avoidant Personality Disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by a lifelong pattern of extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection.

Personality disorders are long-lived patterns of behavior that cause problems with work and relationships. About 1 percent of the population has this disorder, which is equally divided between the sexes. An estimated 14.8 percent of American adults meet standard diagnostic criteria for at least one personality disorder.

Avoidant Personality Disorder. Last reviewed 12/13/2007


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
  • National Library of Medicine