According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, (DSM-5), to get diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder, four or more of the following criteria must be present:
Avoidance of workplace activities that require significant interpersonal interaction because of fear of criticism or rejection.
Is resistant to get involved with people unless assured of being liked.
Avoidance of close, romantic, or sexually intimate relationships because of the fear of being humiliated or belittled.
Is hypersensitive to criticism or rejection in social situations.
Is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy.
Sees self as socially awkward, personally unappealing, or overall inferior to others.
Avoidance of trying any new activities because they could prove embarrassing.
Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM-5 is the guide used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental health conditions.