What are the morbidities associated with avoidant personality disorder?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: David C Rettew, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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  • School refusal and poor performance: Among children, many who refuse to go to school may have significant social anxiety.

  • Conduct problems and oppositional behavior: Many individuals with severe social anxiety refuse to participate in social activities and may have behavioral outbursts or panic attacks when placed in a social situation.

  • Poor peer relations: Patients with avoidant personality disorder often have few friends and often refuse social invitations.

  • Lack of involvement in social and nonsocial activities: Patients with avoidant personality disorder demonstrate lower levels of participation in athletics, extracurricular activities, and hobbies than those with depression or other personality disorders. They may avoid employment or work-related activities that involve too much social interaction.

  • Substance abuse: Alcohol and drug abuse often coexist with significant social anxiety.

  • Major depression: Major depression can also develop among individuals with avoidant personality disorder.

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