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Dependent Personality Disorder
Dependent Personality Disorder Definition
Dependent personality disorder is primarily characterized by a extreme need for other people, to a point where the person is unable to make any decisions or take an independent stand on their own. There is a fear of separation, clinging, and submissive behavior. People with dependent personality disorder have a marked lack of decisiveness, self-confidence, and are self-denigrating.
ONSET: Early adulthood and with a variety of contexts.
Dependent Personality Disorder Diagnostic Criteria
Excessive need to be taken care of, as indicated by at least five of the following:
- Has a hard time in making everyday decisions with out getting reassurance and advice from others.
- Has other assume the responsibility for the major areas of their life.
- Can not show disagreement with others for fear of being rejected.
- Difficulty in doing things on their own.
- Will do almost anything to get the support of others.
- When alone, overcome by a feeling of discomfort or helplessness.
- When one caring or support relationship ends they are compelled to seek another.
- A preoccupation and unrealistic fear of being left alone to care for themselves.
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