Avoidant Personality Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Monday, 18 Oct 2010 11:58 AM

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Attempting to define avoidant personality disorder has been one of the primary fields of behavioral research and psychotherapeutic studies. The treatments for avoidant personality disorder have largely grown out of psychoanalysis. The focus of the latest medical research on avoidant personality disorder diagnosis and its associated treatments has moved away from traditional methods like extended psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

One of the biggest medical breakthroughs in the area of avoidant personality disorder prevention and treatment has been in the realm of pharmacotherapy. Pharmacotherapy is a branch of science that deals with psychological disorders through the use of medication. Cutting-edge technology and the latest advancements in medical research have been put to use to create and develop a psychotherapy-based approach for avoidant personality disorder.

While a lot of research has gone into understanding the underlying symptoms and biochemistry of manic depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, it has only been recently that avoidant personality disorder symptoms have been researched.

The symptoms of avoidant personality disorder, like other borderline personality disorders and schizotypal personality disorders, seem to exhibit some amount of alleviation through the use of drug therapy.

Medical breakthroughs suggest that there is a possibility of developing drugs that can help treat the specific symptoms of avoidant personality disorder. Specific psychopharmacological agents are also being developed to address other dimensions of the disorder.

Long-term treatments were once considered to be the only option for people exhibiting avoidant personality disorder symptoms. Psychologists now recommend brief behavior therapy. They believe that this therapy may help alter specific symptoms of avoidant personality disorder.

Recent research shows that Avoidant personality disorder (APD) by itself is rarely a cause for any kind of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Avoidant personality disorder treatment can be carried out on an outpatient basis.

More often than not, avoidant personality disorder prognosis is a little tricky, because it seems to appear in conjunction with many other kinds of mood and anxiety disorders, social phobias, and personality disorders. Avoidant personality disorder prognosis is also a little complicated because the symptoms of this disorder occur either in isolation or as a direct consequence of other borderline personality disorders. Medical research aims to define avoidant personality disorder and separate it from other major depressive disorders that usually start with symptoms of social withdrawal followed by feelings of worthlessness.

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