Objective: Existing evidence from anxiety disorder research indicates that social phobics (SP) with avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) experience more anxiety and show more impairment than patients with SP alone. The purpose of this study was to examine whether in patients diagnosed with AVPD, the co-occurrence of SP adds to its severity. We hypothesized that the addition of SP will not add to the severity of AVPD alone.
Method: Two groups of patients (AVPD = 224; AVPD/SP = 101) were compared at baseline and 2 years later on multiple demographic and clinical variables.
Results: Patients with AVPD and an additional diagnosis of SP differed little from patients with AVPD alone.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that AVPD and SP may be alternative conceptualizations of the same disorder.
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- Clinical Epidemiology,
- Clinical Psychology,
- Cognitive Psychology,
- Mental Disorders,
- Personality and Social Contexts,
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