Does anyone here also have avoidant personality disorder? My psychologist told me that because I tested so high in it, a diagnosis was warranted, but that because of PTSD, and fear of people in general, that I should focus on the PTSD and likely avoidant personality disorder will solve itself as I feel safer in relationships. In addition, I'm 20. I got out of the abusive situation when I was 17, so that's not a lot of time to work through my shit and become comfortable around people. I grew up abused and sheltered, in my teen years I experienced a lot of social rejection from my peers. Given that information, how valid is avoidant personality disorder? Could just have been always around the wrong people. Of course I'm going to distance myself from people that can and will hurt me. If you have avoidant personality disorder, let me know your experience and how you deal with it.