I’ve believed for a very long time that I also suffer from avoidant personality disorder. I fit the criteria to a T, it all rings true and has caused me many setbacks and much anguish. But when I’ve brought this up to doctors and psychologists they’ve dismissed my concerns. The first time I brought it up was in my early 20’s with a psychologist I’d seen on and off since I was 14. What he said was that I obviously hadn’t avoided coming to my appointment so I couldn’t have this disorder. He also said that even if I was diagnosed with it that wouldn’t make it go away and I couldn’t get help for it in the first place as people with AvPD couldn’t be helped at all!
I also mentioned this to my first psychiatrist and he simply said he was sick of people diagnosing themselves based on what they’d read on the internet. I haven’t mentioned it to any of my recent providers as I felt discouraged the first time. What I’ve been doing however is mentioning that avoidance has been a significant pattern in my life and just letting them conclude what they might from this.
But I mean I fit ALL the criteria for it, I don’t fit ALL the criteria for schizophrenia and I have a diagnosis of that. It’s been worse in the past where I’d be isolated and shut up in my room for six months at a time but has been much more manageable in recent years. If I’m comfortable with a situation or particular person then I’m usually just fine, it’s just that it takes so much and so long to get comfortable, usually anyway.
I avoid answering the phone, even my door at times, I avoid major responsibilities, any situation that might be uncomfortable or in which I may be judged negatively, heck I even managed to avoid going to high school!
Anyone else here also have a personality disorder in addition to schizophrenia?