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I Am Avoidant

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    This Is Me

    Anxious (Avoidant) Personality Disorder is a condition characterized by extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection. These individuals feel inferior to others. This disorder is only diagnosed when these behaviors become persistent and very disabling or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 6, 2009

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    Afraid of the increase in family contacts

    and worried about expectations that come with it I have finished my marriage and can't find a way to get involved again. Also in my job every new person in my daily activities get into my nervs. I persistently think about bad experiences and some days i just can't scape bad...
    arturz29 arturz29 26-30, M Apr 14

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    Never Been Diagnosed

    I have never been diagnosed with Avoidant PD, but it seems to fit me pretty well.  I avoid feeling embarrassed, I avoid the possibility of rejection.  I need to feel safe, so I avoid.  I try to reach out to others, but when I need someone, no one is there. ...
    Cassandra Cassandra 51-55, F 7 Responses Dec 3, 2007

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    I Dont Really Like People

    i rather like being alone. it doesnt require me to touch up my features or act like i give a damn. it doesn't even require i fully clothe myself. i can yell at the air, i can spend hours writing if i wanted to. i can have my earphones in at all times and no one's gonna care...
    Girlonwire Girlonwire 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2011

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    Read The Definition.. Think It's Troublesome Enough To Be Introverted Too..

    I'm a classic case.. and I worry a lot too.. Didn't think I had the talking skills to stick to people but I just wished I had one or two that would like to stick with me... people on EP said I should do what people normally do and people will stick with you and a lot of other...
    amejad amejad 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 14, 2010

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    I am so afraid of rejection

    or criticism that I try to avoid it at all times, I don't think to try and make friends because I worry that they won't like me, I will not take on the serious commitment of going out and looking for a job for fear rejection. I even ended up going to my prom alone because I was...
    Josimms23 Josimms23 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 24

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    Avpd And Relationships

    I feel that I don't deserve anyone good, especially romantically. it is a messed up way of thinking but I feel that I am so damaged noone should have or want me. My childhood was messed up and I was rejected and detached from my parents. Physical and emotional abuse were part of...
    Freckledapple Freckledapple 31-35 2 Responses Mar 19, 2013

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    i deathly wish i was'nt

    but i would'nt know how to let someone in if i tried and get so uncomfortable times. if some gets in they suffer from my bpd and so do i and then it's awful, it's my fault and im heartbroken.
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 26-30, F Mar 16

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    What's Wrong?

     Im 14 and male, i think i am avoidant but im not totally sure. Right now my heartrate is increasing and im having trouble thinking out of fear that im gonna say something that'll offend someone or say something stupid that they'll make fun of me for. I havent seen another...
    Sureok Sureok 13-15 2 Responses Jul 12, 2010

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    Tired of All This

    I’m so tired of doing this. I’ve been more scared to do anything lately than usual. I’ve been avoiding absolutely everything I have to do for so long now, but I’m just too scared to do any of it. It’s so hard to even leave the house. I can’t...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 7 Responses Aug 11, 2009

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    I tend to do this . I know it's not good ,

    it's become a knee jerk reaction for me lately ....* sigh* it's too long a story to explain and to be perfectly honest ...I'm tired and bored of constantly trying to explain myself to others ...like me or not I am who I am ...I'm not changing to please others .....
    chernobylplayground chernobylplayground 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 1

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    Locking up myself in my room isn't healthy.

    I know that, and I did do some efforts to counter that. But I can't just be around people for too long- it's suffocating. I love my family and my friends, but I just can't be intimate with them. It's hard for me to turn the wall and let people in. It's like being locked up in a...
    renshi111 renshi111 22-25, F Nov 14, 2014

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    Avoidant

    I am avoidant.  I wouldn't definitely say I have avoidant personality disorder nor being antisocial.I love people too much to be antisocial.  I love being with people and talking to them, even if I'm on the quiet side.  I'm mostly an introvert then anything else.I am somewhat...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F Nov 15, 2011

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    Avoiding Life

    I wish I could just be normal and get a job. I turned twenty last month and feel pretty terrified. Prior to that my mum would pester me about working but I knew it would get worse when I was officially out of my teens. And it hadn't really until today when we got in a fight and...
    FateCantDecide FateCantDecide 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 24, 2009

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    I'm Stuck...

    After reading about what it means to 'be avoidant', I feel like it describes me to a tee.  I have never shared the depth of what I have felt to anyone, and I think that is partly because I never wanted to fully acknowledge my feelings to myself.  How do you explain...
    mila3 mila3 26-30, F Feb 10, 2010

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    Confession of An Avoidant

    Over the course of the past few months, I've begun to notice that I can't quite comunicate with people, or go to social outings less and less. Everytime I'm with poeple I don't know, I freeze up and can't think of anything to say. I think that the people there are going to...
    sockpuppets33 sockpuppets33 16-17 3 Responses Jul 30, 2009

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    Yes, I Guess I Am. ...

    Yes, I guess I am. Not too obviously, usually, but I tend to angle conversations away from the topics that make me uncomfortable or could cause some kind of conflict.
    momus momus 18-21 Aug 31, 2008

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    Teenage Avoidant

    I've been hiding these feelings for years, but...I just dont care anymore. I am a teenager with an very high chance of having Avoidant Personality Disorder. I've never been officially diagnosed, but the symptoms fit me like a glove that's a little too small for your hand. I had...
    DepressinglyChill DepressinglyChill 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 19, 2011

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    Self-confessed Social Avoidant

    I have always been very avoidant and resistant to change. I like and crave stability and get very anxious when faced with change. I find the avoidance is not only social (I avoid people and social situations, I'm very introverted and shy) - but I now use it to...
    hereisnoy hereisnoy 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2008

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    I Want To...

    Avoid being an avoidant.Is that an option?I'm like a cat, sometimes.Curious, yet cowardly. Depends on the situation.It's part of the "dark side" located in me. The thorny, shadowed wing of my left shoulder twitching... as I sit there,blood-shotheart pounding,invisible.Frowning at...
    DustToAshes DustToAshes 22-25, F Oct 7, 2013

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    Wishful Thinking ..

    I always have this idea that if I avoid something that it will go away.  It is such a problem.  It's seems easier to avoid the pain of facing an issue than to face it ... but it just gets worse and worse and more and more painful.
    outoftheshadows outoftheshadows 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 5, 2008

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    The Avoidant Me.

    I worry too much about what people may think about me. And in the office is worst, manage to be in the same room with +/- 20 people talking, and talking. I have a paranoia stigma, and is too easy for me (and stress out about this) to think that they might bad-mouthing about me...
    fadedawaylife fadedawaylife 22-25, F Nov 23, 2011

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    My Life-long Experience

    I am not sure that I am avoidant. I was diagnosed once as avoidant by a psychiatrist, and nothing was done about it since. I have been to therapy for many years now, and my current therapist never mentioned it. However, I have been suffering all of my life from this problem...
    rumblefish1978 rumblefish1978 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 25, 2010

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    People Are Too Normal For Me.

    Or I'm too weird for people. I have a tendency to be very timid when around others and don't really have a reason. I don't like dealing with everyday life. Normality is one of my pet peeves. I like avoiding confrontations especially. I hate asking for help. I hate talking to...
    nosanity nosanity 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 1, 2008

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    Hallo everybody. I'm not sure if i have APD, because my doctor said i have BPD. Well, i never get angry on people, i don't change my opinions about them, and i don't change often...
    Almano1008 Almano1008 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 25

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    Up front my dad is a great guy. He would do anything for us kids, anything for just about anyone, very supportive. He never misses a sporting event and would feel guilty if he did...
    tigertail123 tigertail123 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    All these years, I've never quite known what my escapism was until recently. Is it normal? Is it a disorder? Am I mentally ill? Is it common? What is normal? Well to me, in...
    Tamikles Tamikles 26-30, F Jul 22

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    All these years, I've never quite known what my escapism was until recently. Is it normal? Is it a disorder? Am I mentally ill? Is it common? What is normal? Well to me, in...
    Tamikles Tamikles 26-30, F Jul 22

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    Okay, so I haven't been diagnosed or anything, and I know it's dangerous to self-diagnose yourself with things. But I'm pretty sure I have this to some degree at least. All the...
    dwyli33 dwyli33 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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    Hah. This is a massive understatement. I have personality disorders. Plural. Multiple. Legion. Officially, I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Major Depressive...
    PersonalApocalypse PersonalApocalypse 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    Your Results Personality Disorder Assessment The questions you just completed assessed you for the presence of three distinct clusters of personality disorders.Cluster A Score:15...
    WorthWonder WorthWonder 18-21, M Jul 6

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    I might have avoidant personality disorder..makes sense. Eeh..
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M Jul 4

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