Do you find yourself avoiding interactions because of fears of embarrassment or rejection? Would you rather spend your time alone because you derive little joy from your social and family relationships? If you would describe yourself as an introvert and if you answered yes to either of these questions, then you might have a longstanding schizoid or avoidant personality disorder. If being unhappy in social situations has led to a decrease in the quality of your life, it is time to get help.
Are you uncomfortable in social situations?
There are many reasons why one may begin to avoid social situations, but if you have an avoidant personality disorder, your fear of embarrassment and heightened sensitivity to rejection may be driving you to avoid interacting with others.
If you prefer to spend your time alone, and your avoidance of other people is leading to problems with work or school, you should understand that your uncomfortable feelings can be managed. Instead of leading a life of isolation, you can learn to adapt to social situations with the help of therapy.
Is there help for avoidant personality disorder?
If you think you have avoidant personality disorder, or you are just very uncomfortable around people, the effects on your quality of life can be far-reaching. We need social connections for our lives to go well. Work, school, and interpersonal relationships are all important for us to lead full, satisfying lives.
Therapy can tackle a range of issues including helping you to be more comfortable in social situations as well as address any other underlying issues such as depression and anxiety, which often co-occur when a person is isolated and alone too much. In therapy, you can develop adaptive traits, which can help you create a better quality of life.