Mental Awareness - Avoidant personality disorder

U.K. artist Toby Allen hopes to bring a face to mental health illnesses by depicting various psychiatric davoidant-personality-disorderisorders as cartoon-like monsters.
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    Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) displays a pattern of social anxiety, social inhibition, feelings of inferior, extreme sensitive to negative evaluation and rejection, and avoidance to interaction of intimacy. [1] Avoidant personality disorder can be misunderstanding as being “shy” for the public. In fact, the symptom of AvPD can be described as “shy”, but the deeper reasons of it are low self-esteem and strong self-doubt.
AvPD is a rare psychological problem which has fewer than 200,000 cases per year in U.S. [2] Here are some symptoms of AvPD:
·       Avoid occupational activities: People who have AvPD has fear of criticism, disapproval, or rejection by interacting with others significantly.
·       Is unwilling to interact with people: They tend to avoid interacting with others in daily life unless they have the certainty of being liked.
·       Low self-esteem: They feel inferior in front of others and they will have more self- doubt when they are criticized.
·       Reluctant to take personal risks: They are unwilling to engage into new activities because of the fear of being embarrassed.
    For avoidant personality disorder, there are treatments can help but the condition can’t be cured. The treatment is designed by a mental health professional and it will likely include talk therapy. If there is a co-existing condition, such as depression or anxiety disorder, appropriate medications may also be applied. [3]