Diagnostic criteria for 301.82 Avoidant Personality Disorder

These criteria are obsolete.

DSM IV - TR

(cautionary statement)

A pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following: 

(1) avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection 

(2) is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked 

(3) shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed 

(4) is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations 

(5) is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy 

(6) views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others 

(7) is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Copyright 2000 American Psychiatric Association


DSM IV

(cautionary statement)

A pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following: 

(1) avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection 

(2) is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked 

(3) shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed 

(4) is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations 

(5) is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy 

(6) views self as socially inept, personally unappealing, or inferior to others 

(7) is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association

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