Avoidance is a behavioral strategy that consists in avoiding all situations that create negative moods and malaise: the individual moves away from an anxiety-inducing stimulus by refusing to face the event, objects or people that generate anxiety.
This psychic defense mechanism is implemented to be able to better manage emotions. Over time, however, avoidance can lead to a worsening of the quality of life and can predispose to the development of a real social phobia.
Avoidance is at the basis of the formation of phobias and the maintenance of dysfunctional beliefs (ie the convictions of dangerousness of objects or situations). This defensive behavioral or cognitive reaction is typical of anxiety disorders, as well as being one of the characteristic symptoms of avoidant personality disorder and PTSD.
From a psychotherapeutic point of view, it is possible to successfully treat avoidance through a gradual exposure program, during which the subject tries to progressively modify the vicious circle that has been created, coming into contact with anxious situations, so that they are normal and acceptable.
Possible Causes * of Avoidance
- Panic attack
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Asperger's Syndrome
* The symptom - Avoidance - is typical of diseases, conditions and disorders highlighted in bold. By clicking on the pathology of your interest you can read more information on its origins and on the symptoms that characterize it. Avoidance can also be a typical symptom of other diseases, not included in our database and therefore not listed.
Symptoms and diseases
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- Growth pains
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pain in the jaw
- Reduction in the size of the penis
- Perioral Dermatitis
- Morbo of Cushing