Avoidant personality disorder is one of the 10 personality disorders a person can be diagnosed with. Personality disorders are characterized as rigid, long-term ways of thinking and behaving. Avoidant personality disorder is a cluster C disorder, characterized by fearful or anxious behaviors and thoughts.

Specific features of avoidant personality disorder include ongoing avoidance of people and social situations and extreme sensitivity to criticism, whether real or perceived. People with avoidant personality disorder often want close relationships, but are afraid or unable to form them.

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