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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-05-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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What's the difference between social anxiety and paranoid personality disorder?


Do they share similar traits? Is it common for people who suffer from SA to also suffer from paranoid personality disorder?

I wrote a post recently about whether people with SA ever feel like physically hurting other people. I find many times when I'm in social situations (such as in a crowded mall) that I have the "It's Me Versus Them" mentality. Everyone is my enemy. They're against me in some way. I then think about being prepared to physically defend myself against them.
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This site gives a great side by side comparison of the diagnostic criteria (from the DSM-IV) for the two:
http://www.anxietyhelp.org/information/avpd_vs_sad.html
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Wow, after reading that article i just noticed that the past couple of months my symptoms seem to have drifted over from SAD to Avoidant Personality Disorder. That is actually extremely helpful.
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