Dependent personality disorder is one of many disorders that fall under the category of anxious personality disorders. This is one of the most common personality disorders and occurs equally among both sexes. Onset for this disorder usually occurs in early to middle adulthood. A person suffering from DPD may become emotionally dependent on another person. He or she may also spend all of their time trying to please those around them. Often described as needy, clingy, and passive, those suffering from this condition tend to fear separation. Other symptoms may also be exhibited.
Tell-tale signs of dependent personality disorder range from an inability to make decisions and a refusal to disagree with others. Decision making is completely hampered as the person feels the need to seek approval from someone else on every day tasks. This includes what to wear and what to cook. Personal responsibility is abdicated to another person. Jobs that require responsibility or independent functioning are avoided for this reason. A person suffering from DPD is terrified of abandonment and may be devastated or helpless when a relationship does end. They may jump into another relationship immediately to avoid these feelings.
Over-sensitivity to criticism is another symptom of dependant personality disorder. Even slight criticism can destroy them. They may believe that they cannot care for themselves without assistance and are pessimistic while lacking self-confidence. They will avoid disagreements whenever possible as they fear if they express an opinion they will lose the approval or support of the person that they disagree with. They avoid being alone and are willing to be mistreated or abused by others in order to remain in their company, even when it is detrimental.
A person suffering from dependent personality disorder will often place the needs of their caregiver before their own. They tend to live in a fantasy world and remain naive in all situations. If this is the case, treatment needs to be sought to help this person lead a full and happy life. Medication and/or psychotherapy may be recommended as complications can arise if not treated. When treated, the patient will be able to deal productively with situations and have more freedom in every respect.
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