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Avoidant personality disorder

  • Definition

    Avoidant personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of feeling very shy, inadequate, and sensitive to rejection.

    Alternative Names

    Personality disorder - avoidant

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Personality disorders are lifelong patterns of behavior that cause problems with work and relationships.

    About 1% of the population has avoidant personality disorder. Both males and females have the condition equally. The cause is unknown.