Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “What Is Avoidant Personality Disorder?”, “Why AVPD Treatment Is Important”, and “How to Cope With Avoidant Personality Disorder”. Revised “Therapy for Avoidant Personality Disorder”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Hailey Shafir, LCMHCS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS
Reviewer: Trishanna Sookdeo, MD, MPH, FAAFP