LightbulbSee how many of the following criteria it takes you to ID the following DSM diagnosis (text from the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders).  Answer there or in comments.

  • The person fears being shamed or ridiculed in close relationships. As a result, people with this disorder become overly alert to behavioral cues that may indicate disapproval or rejection. They will flee a situation in which they believe that others might turn against them.
  • The person is inhibited in unfamiliar social situations due to feelings of inadequacy. Low self-esteem undermines their confidence in meeting and conversing with new acquaintances.
  • The person regards him- or herself as socially inept. This self-disparagement is especially apparent when the person must make social contacts with strangers. People with [THIS DX] perceive themselves as unappealing or inferior to others.
  • The person is reluctant to take social risks, in order to avoid possible humiliation. Avoidant people seek interactions that promise the greatest amount of acceptance while minimizing the likelihood of embarrassment or rejection. They might go to a school dance, for example, but remain in one corner chatting with close friends rather than going out on the dance floor with someone they do not know well.
  • The person is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected. Much mental and physical energy is spent brooding about and avoiding situations perceived as "dangerous."
  • The person avoids occupational activities that require significant interpersonal contact. Job interviews or pro motions may be turned down because the person's own perceptions of his or her abilities do not match the job description.
  • The person is reluctant to participate in social involvement without clear assurance that they will be accept ed. People with this disorder assume other people are not safe to trust until proven otherwise. Others must offer repeated support and encouragement in order to persuade them to participate in a social event.

January 7, 2010
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