Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and Avoidant Personality Disorder (AvPD) share characteristics, most obvious being the avoidance of social situations. At first glance, this may create difficulties in differentiation. Students have inquired why it matters, whether a clinician accurately differentiates SAD from AvPD, given it seems the work to be done is the same: to correct anxiety-driven, socially-avoidant behavior. What ensues is perhaps one of the finest examples of why the saying, “We treat symptoms, not diagnoses” is a foolish mindset.

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