personality disorder

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personality disorder

[‚pərs·ən′al·əd·ē dis‚ȯrd·ər]
(psychology)
Any of various disorders characterized by abnormal behavior rather than by neurotic, psychotic, or mental disturbances.
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For example, a person with avoidant personality disorder may be a very good housekeeper and be a dependable member of her church, where she feels comfortable.
Further, diagnostic features of avoidant personality disorder also include motoric response (e.
2006) examined the efficacy of Beck's cognitive therapy for personality disorders (Beck, Freeman, & Davis, 2004) in 30 individuals with avoidant personality disorder or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
This rationale has been applied to the treatment of avoidant personality disorder specifically in several empirical studies.
In the present study, LSAS subscales showed a positive correlation with HA and a negative correlation with SD, which suggests that avoidant personality disorder might well be represented in the alcohol dependent group.
There are studies indicating high rates of avoidant personality disorders in patients with anxiety disorders (16) as well as studies which found that social anxiety disorder was associated with high neuroticism and low extraversion (17).
To illustrate the applicability of our behavior analytic approach to account for the development and maintenance of personality disorders, we provide examples of avoidant personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
The Development and Maintenance of Avoidant Personality Disorder
The defining feature of avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) is a pervasive pattern of avoidant and inhibited behavior in response to social situations in which the possibility of negative evaluation is present (DSM-IV-TR).
Although we have some good standards for diagnosing those with avoidant personality disorder, it again comes down to inference, subjectivity, and a clinician's particular school of thought.
Let me know what you think about the challenging diagnosis and treatment of avoidant personality disorder, and I will try to pass your ideas along to my readers.
Some of the dominant thoughts in people with avoidant personality disorders center around decreased self-esteem, negative analysis of their own worth in social or vocational situations, and a subsequent avoidance of situations where they will be in the forefront.