How Is Avoidant Personality Disorder Different From Social Anxiety?

More in Social Anxiety Disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (APD) is usually first noticed in early adulthood and is present in a variety of situations. People with APD have many of the same characteristics as those with social anxiety disorder (SAD); however, the severity of the symptoms is greater.

People with APD also display detachment characterized by withdrawal (being reticent in social situations, avoiding social contact, failing to initiate social contact), avoidance of intimacy (avoidance of close or romantic relationships, interpersonal attachment, or intimate sexual relations), and anhedonia (lack of enjoyment or failure to engage in life’s experiences; trouble experiencing pleasure or taking an interest in things).
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