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How to Help a Child With Avoidant Personality Disorder

Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 05:20 PM


Avoidant personality disorder is just one of the many personality disorders. It is characterized by a pervasive and long-term social inhibition as well as feelings of inadequacy and worry about constantly being judged. While APD is generally associated with adults it can affect children too. Every parent who has a child with this disorder wants to how they can help them.

The best way for a child with APD to get help is through therapy. The best kind of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. This is because CBT teaches the child to look at their thoughts and how the thoughts affect their actions and how the actions affect their behaviors which then affect their thoughts. CBT teaches the child to recognize those thoughts and behaviors and teaches them to replace them with new, positive, and healthy thoughts and coping skills. Part of this therapy would be to help a child learn that they aren't inadequate.

CBT isn't the only way to help a child with APD. Group therapy can also work very well for this disorder. This lets the child get feedback and express their worries in a safe, non-threatening place. The therapist can also add in some social skills training into the group therapy, allowing everyone involved to learn how to deal with certain situations. This is generally done as role-playing which shows the child how to act appropriately in any social situation.

Family therapy should also be included to help a child with avoidant personality disorder. Personality disorders are generally coping techniques that have been taken to an extreme. The person has developed those coping skills and they have turned into a habit because they worked once. Then it becomes the only way that the child can help. This can be very disruptive in an adult which is why it is important to figure out the best way to help a child who has avoidant personality disorder as soon as possible so that they can go on to lead a normal life as an adult.

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