Avoidant Personality Disorder Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: David C Rettew, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Other diagnoses to consider include the following:

  • Panic disorder with agoraphobia

  • Dependent personality disorder

  • Schizoid personality disorder

  • Communication disorders

  • Generalized social anxiety disorder: Whether avoidant personality disorder (APD) and generalized social anxiety disorder are distinct entities or are different points along a common spectrum is still under debate. [12] Current evidence suggests that although a high degree of overlap is observed, some qualitative distinctions remain.

  • Major depressive disorder

  • Autistic spectrum disorder

Differential Diagnoses