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What is dependent personality disorder?

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Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is one of the most frequently diagnosed personality disorders. It occurs equally in men and women, usually becoming apparent in young adulthood or later as important adult relationships form.

People with DPD become emotionally overdependent on other people and spend great effort trying to please others. People with DPD tend to display needy, passive, and clinging behavior, and have a fear of separation.

Someone with DPD generally doesn't seek treatment for the disorder itself, but they're prone to developing depression and anxiety, and those symptoms might prompt them to seek help.

From: Dependent Personality Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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''Dependent Personality Disorder,'' J. Christopher Perry, MPH, MD. Stern, TA. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 1st ed., 2008.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 18, 2018

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''Dependent Personality Disorder,'' J. Christopher Perry, MPH, MD. Stern, TA. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 1st ed., 2008.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 18, 2018

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