Dependent personality disorder can be characterized by a fear that results in a person clinging to others. People with dependent personality disorders typically don't like making decisions and find it difficult. They also encourage others to take responsibility for all of the important aspects in their life and are afraid to be alone.
If you suspect that you or somebody that you know is suffering from dependent personality disorder, here are a few ways to locate an educated therapist that can make the proper diagnosis and suggest treatment options:
- Make an appointment with a medical professional. Before putting it off even longer, set up an appointment with your primary care physician or medical doctor. Although they usually won't have the necessary skills or education to make a mental health disorder diagnosis they can refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist who can help.
- Talk with friends and family. If there are family members or close friends who know about what you're going through, you may want to try and ask them if they can recommend a therapist. Therapy isn't something a lot of people usually like to talk about so you might be surprised to know that some people you know can actually recommend somebody they've spoken with before.
- Check in local directories. You can do this by checking out your local Yellow Pages or by looking at directories online that allow you to search by zip code. This will give you a list of therapists that are closest to you, making it more convenient to attend appointments.
Although there are no known causes of dependent personality disorder it appears to be somewhat common, particularly in teens and young adults. The effects and intensity of this disorder actually seem to lessen as people get older. Those in their 40s and 50s experience very few of the most extreme symptoms. Seeking treatment now is better than waiting and hoping for your symptoms to pass. If you're truly suffering from a personality disorder, an experienced therapist can work with you and help you deal with the symptoms. If you don't feel comfortable with a particular therapist, simply keep searching until you find one that you can trust.
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