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What is the difference between social phobia and avoidant personality disorder?

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Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is different from avoidant personality disorder, in that in avoidant personality disorder, there is a broader pattern of avoidance than that seen on social phobia. Also, in avoidant personality disorder, there is a greater degree of hypersensitivity to the criticism of others, which explains the broader pattern of avoidance of social situations.

answered Mar 13, 2016 by drcarlo (295,840 points)