Since taking action is avoided by such individuals, it makes both their personal and professional life suffer immensely. That's why, identifying this mental disorder and taking treatment for it is important to lead a normal life.
In many cases, as children grow up, they outgrow this disorder. However, sometimes, it continues in adulthood as well. In adults too, this behavior results from psychological or social factors. Genetics might play a major part in developing this disorder. The various characteristics can be inherited by an individual from his close family members.
People who are affected by this disorder display many signs and symptoms, which show that these people have low self-esteem and self-worth.
The first step in the treatment of avoidance personality disorder is its diagnosis. For proper diagnosis, a psychiatrist should be consulted, who would diagnose it through a test. Once it is diagnosed, psychotherapy sessions are the usual course of treatment suggested.
The therapy can be on an individual basis or there might be group-therapy sessions. Certain prescription medications such as antidepressants, might also be suggested to lessen the anxiety of the patient in social situations.
The success of the treatment rests to a great extent on the individual. The more resolved he is to fight his social fears and phobias, the more positive outlook he develops, the more he is able to overcome his sensitivity, and the more are his chances of success with the treatment and maintaining his normal mental health.
Thus, avoidance behavior can be very detrimental for one's personal and professional life. This behavioral disorder can lead to extreme isolation of an individual. Therapy and medication can sometimes help such individuals to lead a normal, healthy life.
However, in some cases, this might be a life-long condition. Even after overcoming it once, a person can suffer from a relapse. Nevertheless, keeping one's resolve to overcome it strong, taking therapy and medication regularly are some of the ways to deal with it.
Disclaimer: This content is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.