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Unformatted text preview: Avoidant Personality Disorder – Alyssa General info ● Pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation ● Extremly shy, inhibited in new situations, and fearful of disapproval and social rejection – intensity is beyond the level of general shyness and produce impairment ○ About 40% of population is shy Epidemiology ● In general adult population: 2.1-2.6% ● Associated with avoidant personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and social anxiety disorder Etiology ● Social anxiety – involve dysfunction in amygdala and connections, dysregulation in brain’s dopamine system, and genetic (brain derived neurotrophic factor) ● Exact cause is unkown ● Related to temperament and personality traits – influenced by genetic and environmental factors ● Diagnosis ● DSM-IV criteria ● Patients exhibit 4 or more of the behaviors below ○ Avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact because of fears...
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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