So do you really have too much of a desire to be around other people? It seems from your doctor's point of view of how he or she may have diagnosed you based on how you explained yourself has come to the conclusion that you actually desire to be around other people. With avoidant personality disorder it would seem rather obvious if how you explained yourself would involve that you actually do not have any desire to be around other people. With psychotherapy, even more so on medication some people's desires can change so that might point to showing you how either social anxiety or avoidant personality disorder can be similar to how you change your desires.
Someone with social anxiety might be uncomfortable to even desire to be around other people while someone else might have a desire to be around other people but too uncomfortable to form interpersonal and intimate relationships with those people. Now someone with avoidant personality disorder doesn't have any desire whatsoever to be around other people not because they're uncomfortable but because they just don't want to. I might be wrong on the uncomfortability one might feel either with avoidant personality disorder or social anxiety but to me it seems to point to the same symptom and that is an excessive amount of anxiety. Which makes me come to a conclusion that even though someone with avoidant personality disorder might not desire to be around other people and feel uncomfortable to have any interpersonal or intimate relationships might change their minds if they were comfortable instead through medication and therapy.
Even avoidant personality disorder describes that a person like this has severe social anxiety, social inhibition, "despite a strong desire for intimacy". WHAT? See even people with the so called avoidant personality disorder actually do have a strong desire to be comfortable enough to have interpersonal and intimate relationships with other people. So then it all comes down to everyone being diagnosed with the personality disorder first and foremost as its own definition includes severe social anxiety. I had severe social anxiety but with medication and therapy it sorted itself out to just social anxiety in some cases. I might have had avoidant personality disorder before but with medication and therapy I found out that I desire to be around other people!
It still doesn't quite make sense to me. To me it seems that social anxiety disorder falls under avoidant personality disorder as a personality disorder. You know how they classify disorders under personality disorder or cluster C and stuff. On Wikipedia it says that avoidant personality disorder is a Cluster C personality disorder. Well then that might be it for many of us! It was always a Cluster C personality disorder. All that Cluster C refers to is a bunch of anxious and fearful disorders. Sounds just like us don't it? Yay. Wow Cluster C also mentions in the same group OCD and dependent personality disorder. Oops that does sound like me too where I depend on my parents to take care of me. It's pretty normal to fall under one cluster, do other people fall under more? Ouch. If you read this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avoida...ality_disorder
you can find out everything you need honey.
Well to me it seems that we all fall under Cluster C personality disorder, if you think you fall under Cluster A or Cluster B please don't hesitate to read about it. So it all boils down to social anxiety disorder being underneath Cluster C personality and also it seems to be part of avoidant personality disorder. Honey I don't understand your psychiatrist at all. In my opinion, when you see a psychiatrist don't take him or her as your only opinion. Always look for a second opinion and even third opinion or fourth opinion. I think maybe if you go to 10 different psychiatrists you can find a true answer depending on which diagnosis comes up more often. Goddarn it, that's what I'm gonna do, I ain't gonna take **** from one brain there are other brains under the same field of psychiatry who might have another opinion.
Well for me it does seem like a personality disorder without medication but with medication or therapy I seem to be just social anxiety and the personality of it is not there at all. Well only with medication it wasn't there at all. So it's really hard to fall under only one diagnosis especially when you recount your behavior on medication as well. Wow! And if you want to study and become your own psychiatrist then you can also have your own opinion. Isn't that like the most amazing thing ever?! Ahh it just feels like complete nirvana. To accept to being crazy when you're inherently a psychiatrist to begin with. I wonder if psychiatrists themselves are crazy to begin with, I don't even believe in a normal personality disorder anymore! It can't be. There's no such thing as a normal person studying and working in the field of psychiatry. It must be childish to think that all psychiatrists are normal people and to feel inferior to them. But you do have a right to not take any medication they prescribe, you need to seek out different opinions from a number of different psychiatrists.
Maybe instead of asking for a diagnosis you should ask under with Cluster of personality disorders you most likely fit under. And from there you can see all the disorders you possess. That was the problem to begin with, these psychiatrists don't feel like we deserve the whole answer, they just blurt out general anxiety or depression. Like no! I want to know more! It seems you need to stand up for your right to speak out and ask for more, don't give in to your avoidant tendency, go against yourself and ask to know more. Instead of asking what you diagnosis is, show the psychiatrist that you know alot about the field of psychiatry by choosing to ask which Cluster you fall under or what your personality disorder is.
Oh it looks like for you to fall under a personality disorder you need to meet certain criteria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person...neral_criteria
oh my gosh! Well I do not want to look at this or read it, I want to be pure when I go in for my psychiatric evaluation.