What is the prevalence of avoidant personality disorder?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: David C Rettew, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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In the general adult population, the prevalence of avoidant personality disorder is estimated to be 2.1–2.6%. [7] Among adults receiving outpatient psychiatry treatment, the rate has been reported to be 3.6%. [8]

A twin study of young adults found an avoidant personality disorder rate of 1.4% in men and 2.5% in women. [6]

Avoidant personality disorder is estimated to be equally common in males and females.

Avoidant personality disorder is not usually diagnosed in individuals younger than 18 years; however, most patients report an onset in childhood or adolescence, and many report continued social anxiety throughout their lives.


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