Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment & Management

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

Medical Care

Avoidant personality disorder alone is rarely a cause for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Evaluation and treatment can be conducted on an outpatient basis.

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Consultations

A complete mental health evaluation is recommended, especially to evaluate for other anxiety disorders or depressive disorders.

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Diet

No special diet is required.

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Activity

Encourage patients with avoidant personality disorder to participate in as many social activities as can be tolerated. In children, encourage parents to help their child confront their fears without setting them up for repeated failure. Some individuals find that social encounters can be better tolerated and even enjoyed if they have a specific job or role to play.

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