Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Avoidant Personality Disorder
Browse and register for related classes.
Avoidant personality disorder causes a person to avoid interaction
with other people, especially if the interaction involves a new activity that
may prove embarrassing. The person has trouble maintaining jobs working with
other people, trouble maintaining relationships, and views others to be
The fear linked with avoidant personality disorder stems from
low self-esteem, shyness, and being overly sensitive to negative evaluation by
others. Avoidant personality disorder may be a more severe form of social
anxiety disorder (another disorder that causes fear of being ridiculed in
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2017 Concord Hospital