We are mostly social creatures. We like to be around other people and can begin to feel quite uncomfortable if left alone for too long. We tend to actively seek out the companionship of others whether it is with friends, family, or with romantic partners.
For people with Avoidant Personality Disorder however, this is much harder to do 1. They tend to have an innate feeling of inferiority and a sensitivity to being criticized. They will often choose to keep themselves away from other people, even though they really desire companionship with others. It is a condition that can make life quite uncomfortable for the people that suffer from it. Here’s a look at some of the predominant symptoms of the disorder.
Symptom #1: Constant Apprehension
While most of us have some fears or concerns, we will usually be able to get by without dwelling on them too much or even not at all. For people with Avoidant Personality Disorder however, putting these fears to one side is much more difficult to do. For them, life can be constantly full of worry about what is around the corner.
While most of us will harbor concerns about possible scenarios such as losing a job or falling ill, people with Avoidant Personality Disorder will also be concerned about more trivial matters. Even the thought of meeting new people in coming days can overwhelm them with apprehension, making it difficult for them to relax.