The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Overview

Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD) is an extremely widespread, devastating disorder that generally goes unrecognized or misrepresented by what little scientific literature there is on the topic. Therapists are left mystified about how to diagnose and treat it, and patients and other sufferers are at a loss as to what is wrong and how to go about correcting it.

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Overview

Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD) is an extremely widespread, devastating disorder that generally goes unrecognized or misrepresented by what little scientific literature there is on the topic. Therapists are left mystified about how to diagnose and treat it, and patients and other sufferers are at a loss as to what is wrong and how to go about correcting it.

The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder is the only book available to guide both patients and those trying to help them. This thorough and much-needed volume explores the development of AvPD and presents a holistic view of its causes from the psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal perspectives. It offers an extensive section on diagnostic criteria that will be useful to sufferers and therapists, and it discusses the various therapies for AvPD. Finally, and perhaps most critically, the book provides a section intended as a guide for psychiatrists—and a self-help guide for sufferers—including a day-by-day, one-step-at-a-time, monthly guide on how to overcome AvPD.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313377525
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 404,739
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Classic or type I avoidant personality disorder 3

Ch. 2 Counterphobic avoidants 29

Ch. 3 Healthy and normal versus pathological avoidance 37

Ch. 4 Sexual avoidance 45

Ch. 5 Course 57

Ch. 6 Differential diagnosis 61

Ch. 7 Comorbidity 71

Ch. 8 Cognitive-behavioral aspects 93

Ch. 9 Development 99

Ch. 10 An overview of avoidance reduction 111

Ch. 11 Psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy 123

Ch. 12 Cognitive-behavioral therapy 133

Ch. 13 Interpersonal therapy 143

Ch. 14 Supportive therapy 147

Ch. 15 Other forms of therapy 159

Ch. 16 The ideal therapist 163

Ch. 17 Helping avoidants overcome their fear of criticism 171

Ch. 18 Helping avoidants overcome their low self-esteem 179

Ch. 19 Treating sexual avoidance : an overview 185

Ch. 20 Overcoming shyness and withdrawal 195

Notes 215

Index 223

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