Anxious-Fearful Personality Disorder

Anxious-fearful personality disorder is a combination of what is, in the DSM-5, referred to as Class C personality disorders.

The class C disorders are Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders.

In anxious-fearful personality disorder these three personality disorders all present with a high level of anxiety. Clients whose issues fall into this classification share relationship problems typically either a paralyzing fear of being in a relationship or the desperate need to be in a relationship to the point of immediately jumping into new relationships when one ends. The third of these class-C disorders is obsessive-compulsive disorder that seeks to soothe anxiety through the use of ritualistic behavior.

These disorders are generally treated with a combination of therapy and anti-anxiety medications.

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