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Dependent Personality Disorder Overview

What is dependent personality disorder?
A person with dependent personality disorder depends on guidance and direction provided by a forceful, or dominant, person. The dominant individual has too much control over the behavior of the person with dependent personality disorder. This situation can set the stage for an abusive relationship. Personality disorders are abnormal emotional behaviors. These patterns of behavior can interfere with a person's ability to function normally.

What are the symptoms of dependent personality disorder?
Symptoms of dependent personality disorder include abnormal dependence on another person for all decisions, inability to adapt to social situations, job difficulties, relationship problems, and failure to take responsibility.

How does the doctor treat dependent personality disorder?
Treatment of dependent personality disorder may include support group, mental health counseling, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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