Prevention

Since avoidant personality disorder usually originates in the patient's family of origin, the only known preventive measure is a nurturing, emotionally stimulating and expressive family environment.

Resources books

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th edition, text revised. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

Beers, Mark H., M.D., and Robert Berkow, M.D., eds. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th edition. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 1999.

Millon, Theodore, Ph.D., D.Sc. Disorders of Personality: DSMIV and Beyond. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1996.

Sperry, Len, M.D., Ph.D. Handbook of Diagnosis and

Treatment of DSM-IV Personality Disorders. New York: Brunner/Mazel, Inc., 1995.

periodicals

Journal of Personality Disorders. Official journal of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. More information can be found at <http://www.guilford.com>, through the "Periodicals" link, or by calling Guilford Publications at (800) 3657006.

organizations

American Psychiatric Association. 1400 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005. <http://www.psych.org>.

Gary Gilles, M.A. Paula Ford-Martin, M.A.

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