The Dsm-iv Tr Characterizes Apd

by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction. People with AvPD often consider themselves to be socially inept or personally unappealing, and avoid social interaction for fear of being ridiculed, humiliated, rejected, or disliked. It is on cluster C. According to the World Health Organization, diagnostic criteria includes 3 or more of the following:

  1. persistent and pervasive feelings of tension and apprehension;

  2. belief that one is socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others;

  3. excessive preoccupation with being criticized or rejected in social situations;

  4. unwillingness to become involved with people unless certain of being liked;

  5. restrictions in lifestyle because of need to have physical security

  6. avoidance of social or occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact because of fear of  criticism, disapproval, or rejection.           

I exude all but number 5 of these 6. Additionally, common symptoms include:

  • Hypersensitivity to criticism or rejection

  • Self-imposed social isolation

  • Extreme shyness in social situations, though feels a strong desire for close relationships[3]

  • Avoids physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus

  • Avoids interpersonal relationships

  • Feelings of inadequacy

  • Severe low self-esteem

  • Self-Loathing

  • Mistrust of others

  • Highly self-conscious

  • Feeling inferior to others

I have all of these as well. Things are starting to make sense.


TheEvilLeaper TheEvilLeaper
26-30, M
3 Responses Mar 31, 2010

Well, this sure sounds accurate. And all this time I thought I just hated people.

i also have all of the above points except for number 5. i know that the root of this lies in being bullied and abused as a child. untill recently it was really screwing up my life but now i'v developed an excellent facade to cover all this up although it still plagues me inside.

I was looking this up and I think I have this problem as well. I get real uncomfortable when ever I decide to think about getting a job. I feel inadequate for not having a job, but i also get anxious at the idea of being judged in an interview. I used to work as a cashier, but complaint after complaint and angry people taking their issues out on me was way too much. I haven't really worked for almost ten years.