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Dependent Personality Disorder

(Also Known As: Dependent Personality Disorder, Asthenic Personality Disorder, Personality Disorder, Dependency, Histrionic Personality, Borderline Personality, Narcissistic, Antisocial Personality)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Dependent Personality Disorder?

Dependent Personality Disorder is a behavioral disorder that is characterized by an individual's pervasive psychological dependency on others. It was formerly called Asthenic Personality Disorder which was believed to be a kind of personality disorder rooted in childhood.1 Other experts call Dependent Personality Disorder a Borderline Personality Disorder that is marked with anxiousness and narcissistic behavior.

Occurring in both men and women, Dependent Personality Disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed personality disorders that commonly manifests during early to middle adulthood.2 There are conflicting claims as to the prevalence by gender of Dependent Personality Disorder, where some claim that Dependent Personality Disorder is more common in women while others claim that Dependent Personality Disorder occurs equally in both genders. Dependent Personality Disorder is characterized by a marked sense of over-dependency in other people. It is significantly marked with behavioral changes of extreme anxiousness and fear of rejection and of being alone. Individuals known to have Dependent Personality Disorder are oftentimes helpless with the need to feel submissive to get the assurance of receiving constant affection and care.

A person with Dependent Personality Disorder commonly needs reassurance of being taken care of and oftentimes exhibits an inability of making his or her own decisions and constantly needs the approval of others in every undertaking they engage in. The clinging behavior towards others is manifested by the pervasive behaviors of trying to please others to win approval and acceptance even if that means the person must do things that he or she finds unacceptable. The person has difficulty in accepting responsibility, experiencing anxiousness in making his or her personal decisions.

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder – Disregard of Other People’s Rights, Deceit, Manipulation
Avoidant Personality Disorder – Social Inhibition, Feeling of Inadequacy, Sensitivity to Evaluation, Avoidance of Social Interaction
Borderline Personality Disorder – Instability in Mood, Psychosis, Schizophrenia
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Self Centeredness, Need for Admiration, Grandiosity, Lack of Empathy
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder – Obsession for Perfection, Abiding by Rules, Compulsiveness
Paranoid Personality Disorder – Long Standing Suspiciousness, Maladaptive Behavior