A lot of us self-isolate, distrust and suffer from social anxiety after being abused. The effects of this trauma can be severe and debilitating. However, these symptoms can be managed and coped with more effectively over time. Avoidant Personality Disorder is a bit different; it includes hard-wired behavioral patterns that may or may not be caused by trauma. It is a diagnosis that requires a professional’s expert insight. It’s important to remember that when we’re experiencing the effects of trauma that there are a myriad of disorders our symptoms may overlap with. Avoidant PD is one of them.