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Dependent Personality Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder?

The major symptoms of dependent personality disorder are usually that of emotional dependency with passive, clinging behavior and fear of loss or separation. Individuals with this type of personality disorder often cannot make their own decisions, and with low self esteem believe that other people always have better ideas than theirs. Some even suffer abuse just to stay in a relationship due to fear of experiencing loss and separation. 4

Some of the common symptoms that characterize dependent personality disorder that are included in the DSM-IV-TR include the following:

  • The individual avoids occasions that involve independent decision making for fear of exercising personal responsibility.
  • Often exhibits narcissism while longing to be the center of affection and attention of the persons they depend on.
  • The individual have trouble expressing their disagreement with others owing to fear of losing support and approval from others.
  • They suffer from intense fear of devastation caused by fear of helplessness from abandonment that threats to end a relationship. As a result the individual often tolerates abuse and mistreatment in extreme fear of being left alone.
  • Dependent personality disorder makes one highly susceptible to over-sensitivity to criticisms.
  • The person lacks self confidence with the inability to care for themselves.
  • The individual always put the needs of others over and above than theirs.
  • Inability to cope with being alone.
  • Always need the approval of others in everything they do like decision making and making choices.
  • The individual becomes highly susceptible to suffer from drug abuse, depression and physical, sexual and mental abuse.
  • General symptoms that are suggestive of dependent personality disorder include the following:
  • Extreme passivity
  • Avoidance of being alone
  • Devastation and feeling of helplessness once a relationship ended
  • Inability to meet the demands of everyday life alone and without the help of others
  • Highly preoccupied with fears of abandonment
  • Willingness to take mistreatments and abuse from others

Could You Have Dependent Personality Disorder?

Dependent Personality Disorder Topics

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