Avoidant personality disorder is a chronic mental condition in which feelings of inadequacy and extreme sensitivity cause a person to be avoid interactions with other people. People with avoidant personality disorder will seek to avoid work, school and other activities that involve socializing or interacting with others. Avoidant personality disorder typically becomes obvious by early adulthood and affects approximately one percent of the population. Symptoms often include avoiding activities for work, unwillingness to meet new people, showing restraint within intimate relationships, reluctance to take personal risks, and poor self image. These are due to an intense fear of being rejected by other people. A psychologist or psychiatrist can diagnose avoidant personality disorder by learning about a patient's symptoms and life history. Treatment will vary case-to-case, but generally people with avoidant personality disorder need long-term psychotherapy and sometimes medication.