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Causes of Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder is probably best understood as a very severe and pervasive form of Social Phobia [ref, ref, ref]. The same genetic risk factors that underlie Social Phobia can also lead to Avoidant Personality Disorder, and it is thought that it is one's life experiences that determine which sort of these conditions a person will develop [ref].

For further information, read about the causes of Social Phobia.

 

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Diagnosis

Course & Prevalence