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:

  1. Has a hard time in making everyday decisions with out getting reassurance and advice from others.
  2. Has other assume the responsibility for the major areas of their life.
  3. Can not show disagreement with others for fear of being rejected.
  4. Difficulty in doing things on their own.
  5. Will do almost anything to get the support of others.
  6. When alone, overcome by a feeling of discomfort or helplessness.
  7. When one caring or support relationship ends they are compelled to seek another.
  8. A preoccupation and unrealistic fear of being left alone to care for themselves.


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