They debate whether AvPD is the severe end of SA. I think basically they overlap a tonne but there might be some qualitative differences when it comes to certain items. Problem is you kind of need to understand stats and factor analyses to really understand this area.
Avoidant personality disorder (AvPD) is regarded as a severe variant of social phobia (SP), consistent with a dimensional model. However, these conclusions are largely drawn from studies based on individuals with SP, with or without comorbid AvPD.... In this sample, the majority of those with AvPD did not also have SP: The authors found 116 persons with AvPD only, 196 with SP only, and 69 with SP+AvPD. There was little difference between any of the groups on sex, marital status, employment, education, or impairment variables. The SP+AvPD group reported more distress and comorbidity than the SP only and AvPD only groups, which did not differentiate from each other. More feared social situations were endorsed in the SP only group compared to the AvPD only group. Although the finding of few differences between SP only and AvPD only groups among the variables measured in this epidemiological survey fails to provide support for the hypothesis of qualitative differences, the finding that the AvPD only group appears more similar to the SP only group than to the SP+AvPD group also fails to provide support for the alternative continuity hypothesis. The greater distress and additional comorbidity with depression associated with SP+AvPD may be due to the additional symptom load of a second disorder rather than simply representing a more severe variant of social phobia.
The prevailing paradigm subscribes to the "severity continuum hypothesis", in which AVPD is viewed essentially as a severe variant of SAD. However, areas of discontinuity have been described, and there is support for retaining AVPD as a distinct diagnostic category. Recent research has focused on the phenomenology of AVPD, factors of possible etiological significance such as early parenting experiences, attachment style, temperament, and cognitive processing. Self-concept, avoidant behavior, early attachments, and attachment style may represent points of difference from SAD that also have relevance to treatment.
From eyeballing criteria it it looks like SA is a primarily a type of performance anxiety, while AvPD is more focused on the ****ed up cognition around your social identity and therefore, a deeper level of avoidance and more serious problems with relating to people.
Also I am looking at the wiki article on AvPD and wondering what the symptoms on that were based on?:
* Hypersensitivity to rejection and criticism
Self-imposed social isolation
Extreme shyness or anxiety in social situations, though the person feels a strong desire for close relationships
Avoids physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus
* Feelings of inadequacy
* Drastically reduced or absent self-esteem
* Self-loathing, autophobia or self-harm
* Mistrust of others or oneself; exhibits heightened self-doubt
Emotional distancing related to intimacy
* Highly self-conscious
Self-critical about their problems relating to others
* Heightened attachment-related anxiety, which may include a fear of abandonment
* Problems in occupational functioning
Lonely self-perception, although others may find the relationship with them meaningful
* Feeling inferior to others
* Substance abuse and/or dependence
In some extreme cases, agoraphobia
Uses fantasy as a form of escapism to interrupt painful thoughts
Because notice most of these (the ones I put an asterisk for) are borderline PD traits? And possibly more could be included, I just did the ones I'm sure about. It's almost like BPD turned inwards unless this false information because most isn't referenced.
Originally Posted by Persephone The Dread
AvPD doesn't just concern social anxiety but is a pattern of avoidance as a response to anything that makes you uncomfortable.
Where did you get that from ? Because what I've seen is specifically regarding social stuff.