Avoidant behaviour

Avoidant behavior refers to a pattern of behavior in which an individual avoids or withdraws from situations, activities, or people that make them feel uncomfortable or anxious. Avoidant behavior can manifest in various ways, such as avoiding social situations, not speaking up in groups, or avoiding certain activities or tasks. Treatment helps young adults navigate through avoidant behaviour and find a healthy way to reconnect with themselves and their future. Discover how we can help.

Avoidant behaviour

Fear of rejection

Struggle with social interaction


Social isolation

What is avoidant behaviour?

People with avoidant behavior tend to have a persistent fear of rejection, criticism, or disapproval from others, and they may avoid situations where they feel they could be negatively evaluated or judged. This fear can be so strong that this behavioural problem interferes with their ability to function in everyday life, and they may miss out on important opportunities or experiences.

Young adults with avoidant behaviour

Avoidant behavior in young adults can have a significant impact on their ability to form and maintain positive relationships, achieve their goals, and function in everyday life. Young adults with avoidant behavior may struggle with social interactions, communication, and assertiveness, which can limit their opportunities for personal growth and development.

Avoidant behaviour & anxiety

Avoidant behavior is often associated with social anxiety disorder or avoidant personality disorder, which are both mental health conditions characterized by persistent feelings of anxiety or fear in social situations. However, avoidant behavior can also be a normal response to stress or anxiety, and many people experience avoidant behavior at some point in their lives.

Signs of avoidant behaviour

  • Social isolation: Young adults with avoidant behavior may withdraw from social situations or struggle to make friends, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Academic or career problems: Avoidant behavior can make it difficult for young adults to achieve their academic or career goals, as they may avoid public speaking, networking, or other tasks that require interaction with others.
  • Mental health issues: Avoidant behavior can be a symptom of social anxiety disorder or other mental health conditions, which can cause significant distress and impair functioning.
  • Difficulty with intimacy: Young adults with avoidant behavior may struggle to form and maintain close romantic relationships, as they may avoid emotional intimacy or be hesitant to share their feelings with others.

How to manage avoidant behaviour?

It's important to note that avoidant behavior can be treated, and young adults with this behavior can benefit from therapy, counseling, or other forms of support to develop healthy coping mechanisms and improve their social skills. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common approach to treating avoidant behavior, which involves identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to avoidance.

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Need help for someone you know? The Grange Youth Clinic offers treatment for avoidant behaviour. Early intervention is important for the successful treatment and recreate healthy family dynamics. It’s vital for parents and caregivers to seek help if they notice symptoms in their child. Let go of shame, sorrow or guilt, and chose the wisest option for the future of your child and family. Appropriate treatment and support will learn many young adults to manage their behavior and lead healthy, productive lives.

If you would like to register a young adult (aged 18-25) for a treatment at The Grange Youth Clinic, please complete our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview. Our therapists have experience working with individuals from all walks of life and will help you overcome your problems and find hope for the future.

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