At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide for all teen personality disorders, including Teen Avoidant Personality. Teen Avoidant Personality Disorder is a mental health condition characterized by teens being overwhelmed by a fear of rejection, which results in them avoiding social situations and/or interactions. Over time, teens can withdraw from others to a degree where it causes lasting harm to relationships and can contribute to symptoms to Teen Depression and Teen Anxiety, as well.
Teen Avoidant Personality Disorder Symptoms:
There are four different subtypes of Teen Avoidant Personality Disorder. They include: Phobic Avoidant, Hypersensitive Avoidant, Self-Deserting Avoidant, and Conflicted Avoidant. Phobic Avoidant is characterized by teens strongly avoiding any situations that might make them uncomfortable. The Hypersensitive Avoidant is characterized by teens feeling so overwhelmed by others’ potential judgments that it creates paranoia. The Self-Deserting Avoidant is characterized by teens concentrating on others to the degree where they’re very unaware of themselves. And the Conflicted Avoidant is characterized by teens’ insecurities causing them to hold negative outlooks and attitudes toward other people and life in general.
Some of the common symptoms teens with Avoidant Personality Disorder often display include: low feelings of self-worth; strong feelings of insecurity and fear of judgment; extremely vulnerability to criticism; tendency not to share feelings or opinions; avoidance of social situations; and avoidance of relationships and interactions with others.
Paradigm San Francisco Treatment:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we design each treatment plan individually, according to teens’ symptoms and challenges, as well as their experiences, interests, and strengths. For Teen Avoidant Personality Disorder treatment, we work with teens in talk therapy and behavioral therapy contexts. We helps teens to process the nature of their beliefs and behaviors on the deepest level possible, including the underlying mental and emotional stressors that may be contributing to the low feelings of self-worth, anxiety, and fear of rejection. It’s very common for teens with Avoidant Personality Disorder to have strong false belief systems about how others perceive them and what judgments they might receive, so we work with teens to help them examine and process these beliefs, and then develop healthy new ones.
At the same time, we support teens to evaluate their current behaviors and how those behaviors are creating tension and stress in their lives. This includes providing supplemental support programs in all areas of teens’ lives, including relationships, academics, and physical health, as well as helping teens implement new strategies to lessen and cope with stress. By addressing teens’ needs in this holistic way, they’re able to recognize and implement behavioral changes that are a result of deeper insights into themselves. This not only helps teens to make meaningful changes that last, but also prepares them to better navigate challenges, moving forward, as well.