Dependent Personality Disorder

People often ask others for advice when making a decision. But for people with Dependent Personality Disorder, their self-confidence and helplessness is so low that they rely on others to make every decision for them, even seemingly simple ones.

If you are one of the nearly 1 million people with Dependent Personality Disorder, you may act needy and passive, and have a desire to be taken care of. People with the disorder commonly display the following behaviors:

  • Exerting a great deal of energy to please others
  • Constantly attempting to win the approval of others
  • Difficulty making decisions and undertaking projects
  • Self-sacrificing behaviors
  • A reluctance to express disagreement with others
  • Pessimistic, self-doubting, and belittling of their own accomplishments

The symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder can take root during childhood and become worse as an adult. Even if you have been suffering from the disorder for years, treatment for the disorder can help you to increase your self-esteem and learn to rely on yourself instead of others.

Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment

Living with Dependent Personality Disorder makes even the simplest tasks more difficult. You may not trust yourself to make your own decisions and look to others for constant reassurance. Dependent Personality Disorder treatment can help to boost your confidence and help you learn to become more independent.

A Dependent Personality Disorder treatment center can help you to work through the symptoms of the disorder. Treatment typically involves individual and group therapy and the use of specialized therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapies may be used to treat any underlying trauma.

If you are experiencing a co-occurring disorder such as depression, an anxiety disorder, or substance abuse along with Dependent Personality Disorder, a residential treatment center with the proper resources can effectively treat those as well.

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