Recent groundbreaking research shows that dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a psychological condition characterized by an abnormal dependency or over-reliance on others. Many afflicted people are known to develop anxious personality disorders in combination with dependent personality disorder (DPD).
One of the biggest dependent personality disorder medical breakthroughs is in the realm of its medical diagnosis. Medical practitioners have identified certain telltale symptoms of this type of anxious personality disorder. If addressed early, dependent personality disorder (DPD) can not only be controlled, but also prevented from causing further damage.
Earlier, extreme cases of dependent personality disorder (DPD) alone were helped using a combined treatment of psychotherapy and drugs. However, new and state-of-the-art research tests and advanced technology are now helping psychologists spot symptoms and quickly formulate a treatment regime.
Dependent behavior not related to age
Another unique finding suggests that dependent personality disorder (DPD) may occur in any age group. While clingy behavior in children is not uncommon and even accepted to some extent, excessive attachment and dependence are now being monitored in children and young adults.
Brain chemistry evaluation
In studies conducted on victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, on alcoholics and drug addicts, as well as on depressed patients, the biggest dependent personality disorder medical breakthrough has been the in-depth understanding of the chemistry of the brain and in the underlying thought and behavioral patterns of these patients. Childhood abuse, drugs, alcohol, etc. are known to increase a person’s susceptibility toward developing dependent personality disorder (DPD).
Comorbidities and interrelationship with other anxiety disorders
Behavioral therapists have discovered that some people may get extremely nervous and anxious when forced to make decisions. Anxiety and avoidance add to the symptoms associated with dependent personality disorder.
Another dependent personality disorder medical breakthrough is the discovery of the comorbidity pattern of dependent personality disorder (DPD). The problem is now known to occur in combination with borderline, avoidant, and histrionic personality disorders.
Ongoing efforts to develop a diagnostic lab test for the correct and quick diagnosis of dependent personality disorder (DPD) are in progress. The higher percentage of occurrence of anxious personality disorder in females also opens up many interesting avenues of study.
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