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That's why

I was diagnosed as having AvPD by a psychiatrist back in 2008. I think I assumed that was simply descriptive: I avoid things, no kidding. I've only just found out that it includes a good deal of aetiology as well.

A few weeks back, my mother, amazingly, apologised for being very hard on me when I was little.
(This was prompted by her struggles to care for a close and currently very depressed friend who ...
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*TW* My life story rant

I'm a 27-year-old woman with AvPD and have never had a job and boyfriend because of my debilitating anxiety and fear of humiliating myself. I spent my early 20's in my house unbelievably and desperately depressed, and wouldn't leave my house more than 5 times a year. Even though I have always been inconsistent about seeking out therapy I have grown to be stronger and slightly confident. Growing up I was a very nervous quiet ...
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Unable to take a short break without falling into avoidance

Funny how I have been working on my AVPD for a few years now, analysing it through and through, and still it happens that I suddenly discover patterns that have been there all this time.

I was wondering if others notice this problem and have a way of dealing with it.

The thing is that I have a problem with 'taking a day off' - it's not that I can't stop working or don't get ...
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I've been diagnosed with many mental health disorders over the years. Major depressive disorder on the bipolar spectrum, generalised and social anxiety disorder, ADHD, PTSD. I've always struggled to understand why I'm like I am and why I feel so completely different to everyone else.

My daughter is very mentally ill now and I have been reading everything I can find about different disorders to try and understand how she can get the help she ...
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Questions about AvPD, help?

Do those with AvPD idealize similarly to BPD?

Is it common for those with AvPD to be codependent on those they trust?

What is it like to date someone with AVPD?

How does those with AVPD handle conflict in a relationship?
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Effectiveness of CBT

Does anyone have any insight into the value of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as opposed to the more conventional (usually psychodynamic) kinds of therapy? It seems to me that AvPD (and PDs in general) would be less amenable to behavioural treatment, but it's difficult to argue with its results in other fields.
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sick of trying

I'm feeling really depressed, life is completely meaningless and pointless. If I could click my fingers and I would be gone I would do it. 30 years, I have been battling this. never ending clouds with no rays of sunshine. I keep running into brick walls and I am just so sick and tired of it. Im sick of trying.
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Does anyone here feel the threat of others' judgement even

...even when they are at home, safe and alone?
Hello, I am new to the forum. I don't have an official diagnosis of AvPD - I am comorbid bi-polar and autistic. What makes me think I am AvPD is this relentless sense of impending, negative judgement from the people I know that spoils my safe, alone time (as well as the time I spend out and about).
I fulfill the requisite number of symptoms form ...
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