Tag Archives: Avoidant Personality Disorder

“I Want to Get My Life Back to Normal.”

  Robin had just received her second ECT treatment, and had to meet with her supervisor the following day.  She was very worried and upset about the prospect of losing her job.  “I can’t go back to living with my … Continue reading

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“Will You Detain Me if I Don’t Agree to Come In?”

I graduated from college in 1985 without a job.  After debating about my future plans, I took a job as a Mental Health Technician (MHT) at a psychiatric hospital in Michigan.  I wanted to get experience in the field to … Continue reading

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“Robin, I Think You Need a New World View”

  I made a CD of music for Robin in April 2003 partly because I was moved by the painful emotions she shared with me through her music.  It helped me relate emotionally to the depth of her pain.  I … Continue reading

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“I Had the Tylenol All Lined Up.”

  During the time Robin was experiencing the aftermath of her meltdown in 2003 I had been a psychologist for a little over ten years.  I had been working at the same agency from the time I had begun my … Continue reading

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“I’d Have to Accept a Whole New Identity.”

I had no idea how Robin would react to the news that I thought she was having a mixed bipolar episode.  I was very concerned.  If I was right about her diagnosis, this would confirm she was experiencing impaired impulse … Continue reading

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“I’m Going to Drink Until I Pass Out!”

I always knew Robin had anxiety in social situations.  She acknowledged it in our first session.  What became clear after her meltdown, however, was that she actually fit the criteria for what is known as Avoidant Personality Disorder.  People with … Continue reading

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Robin Finally Lets Her People In

The inpatient unit where Robin was staying consisted of ten rooms with two beds per room, in a long hallway with a nurses’ station in the middle of the unit.  The nurses’ station was a room enclosed in shatterproof glass … Continue reading

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