Dependent Personality Disorder
What is Dependent Personality Disorder?
People with DPD have signifiant difficulty being alone, making independent decisions, and tend to become emotionally overdependent on other people. A core symptom is a pervasive need to be taken care of and an over-reliance on others to meet their emotional and physical needs. People with this disorder tend to be passive and demonstrate clinging behaviours as there is a substantial fear of loss and separation. They often believe that they are not capable of functioning on their own.
Other common characteristics of this personality disorder include:
- Difficulty making everyday decisions without the advice and reassurance of others
- Needs others to assume responsibility for their lives
- Difficulty expressing disagreement for fear of losing support or approval
- Intense fear of abandonment and a sense of devastation or helplessness when relationships end; a person with DPD often moves right into another relationship when one ends.
- Inability to start projects or tasks because of a lack of self-confidence
- Will volunteer to do things they don’t like as a way to gain nurturance and support; will tolerate being mistreated
- Feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone because of fears of being unable to care for himself or herself.
- Urgently seeks another relationship as a source of care and support when a close relationship ends.
- Is unrealistically preoccupied with fears of being left to take care of themselves
How is Dependent Personality Disorder Treated?
In order to help a person manage emotion and impulsivity, we typically use DBT as the treatment of choice.
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