What is Dependent Personality Disorder?
Individuals with Dependent Personality Disorder view themselves as being unable to function without significant help from others. As a result, they fear separation and may appear passive, clingy, or submissive. Dependent Personality Disorder starts during early adulthood and is present across a variety of contexts.
Other signs and symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder Include…
- Needing excessive advice or reassurance before making even small decisions
- Letting others take responsibility for important areas of one’s life
- Fear that disagreeing with others will damage the relationship and result in a loss of support
- Difficulty starting tasks independently, based on low self-efficacy
- Bending over backward to obtain nurturing from others, even if it means doing things that are unpleasant
- Fear of being alone, due to perceived inability to care for oneself
- Seeking another close relationship right away if an important relationship ends
- Persistent fears of abandonment, and being left to care for oneself alone
Therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder can help you to…
- Realize what you are capable of doing independently
- Practice making decisions on your own
- Improve your ability to be more assertive in your relationships with others
- Clarify your values, and how you can take steps towards cultivating the life that you want for yourself