First Person: Avoidant Personality Disorder Often Means Hiding from the World

First Person: Avoidant Personality Disorder Often Means Hiding from the World

I feel like I’ve had this condition my whole life; there just wasn’t a name for it yet. I was considered just a very shy, sensitive, overly emotional child.

My road to diagnosis began a few years ago when I didn’t eat for four days because I was afraid someone at the grocery store would talk to me. My doctor changed my antidepressant and anxiety medications, and my weekly therapy sessions began focusing on the real issue.

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