Dependent personality disorder (DPD), formerly known as asthenic personality disorder, is a personality disorder characterized by a constant psychological dependence on others. Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is placed among a group of conditions called anxious personality disorders, which are marked by feelings of nervousness and fear. Dependent personality disorder (DPD) patients also show symptoms of helplessness, submissiveness, a need to be taken care of, a need for constant reassurance, and an inability to make decisions independently.
Along with verbal therapy and group psychotherapy, medications are used for the treatment of anxious personality disorders. Medications for dependent personality disorder treatment should only be used for countering specific problems under strict medical supervision.
Top drugs that work include:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac®): Fluoxetine belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Since it helps to treat mood problems such as depression and panic attacks, it is used as a dependent personality disorder medication. Before starting a course of this medicine, you should inform your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes, liver disease, seizures, suicidal thoughts, or are either pregnant or breast feeding.
- Paroxetine (Paxil®): This FDA-approved panic attack medication is also from the SSRI group of medicines. It is used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Associated with statistically significant weight gain and suicidal thoughts, this medication should be avoided for long-term use since it has been found to be habit-forming and shows severe withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.
- Diazepam (Valium®): This medicine has been a core drug on the WHO’s list of essential drugs and is widely used throughout the world. This benzodiazepine-class drug is used to treat anxiety and nervousness. It also can help relax muscles and treat certain types of seizures. However, caution must be exercised while it is being administered, since it is known to cause dependency and has numerous counter-indications.
- Lorazepam tablets (Ativan®): This benzodiazepine formulation is used to treat rapid onset anxiety. It is approved by the FDA for short-term use under strict supervision since it can be habit-forming and has the potential for abuse as a recreational drug. Similar to other benzodiazepine medicines, it has several side effects.
- Lorazepam injection (Ativan®): It is used primarily to control seizures that can be caused by extreme anxiety or delirium over the short term, which may extend from two to four weeks. The medication has a powerful sedative effect and should be administered only in a clinical setting through direct injection into a muscle or vein. In addition, it is not suitable for children below 12, the aged, and pregnant or lactating women.
Most drugs used as dependent personality disorder medications may interact with each other and other drugs you may be using. Therefore, it is advisable to inform your physician about any medical condition you may have or any medicines and herbs you may be taking before starting a dependent personality disorder treatment through medicine. Furthermore, sedative drug abuse and overdose is common for most anxiety disorder drugs, making it necessary that these drugs be used with additional caution while undergoing dependent personality disorder treatment.
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