Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a type of anxious personality disorder. People with DPD often feel helpless, submissive or incapable of taking care of themselves. They may have trouble making simple decisions. But, with help, someone with a dependent personality can learn self-confidence and self-reliance.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W056
Diagnosis: Dependent Personality Disorder
US Patients:
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M;W1.5
Age Onset: Age 24
Brain Area:
Symptoms: fear and anxiety leads to depending too much on others, pessimistic, fear separation
Progression: deep fear of abandonment, focus on ingratiating behaviors, and maintaining pleasant (often unhealthy) relationships
Causes: neglect and abusive authoritarian parents-80% heritable;
Therapies: psychotherapy to improve self-esteem & confidence


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  • Affective temperaments and sexual functioning in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder
    by Yolanda Cañada on January 10, 2022

    Sexual functioning in bipolar disorder (BD) is dependent on multiple clinical and demographic determinants that can eventually lead to sexual dysfunction. However, the contribution of affective temperaments remains unstudied in this population. In this cross-sectional multicentric work, we studied the impact of temperament traits on sexual functioning in 100 euthymic BD outpatients treated only with mood stabilizers with or without benzodiazepines. Temperament was evaluated using the Temperament...

  • Borderline personality disorder symptoms as mediational mechanisms linking childhood trauma and nonsuicidal self-injury among women with bulimia nervosa
    by Dorian R Dodd on January 5, 2022

    OBJECTIVE: Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) frequently co-occurs with eating disorders, especially bulimia nervosa (BN). Theoretical models and empirical evidence show many overlapping risk factors for the onset and maintenance of NSSI and BN. However, among those with BN, it remains unclear what distinguishes those who do versus do not engage in NSSI. The primary objective of the present study was to identify factors predicting NSSI among women with BN. Specifically, we tested four domains of...

  • Relationships between treatments received in the Nottingham Study of Neurotic Disorder over 30 years and personality status
    by Peter Tyrer on January 4, 2022

    We compared the drug treatments and health service contacts of anxious and depressed patients separated by personality disturbance in 200 patients over 30 years. Contact details with health professionals at 5, 12 and 30 years were recorded and analysed by multilevel models at all time points. Over 30 years, patients with dependent and anankastic personality disturbance and cothymia (the general neurotic syndrome) were 2.27 times more likely to receive selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors...

  • Moderators for the Relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder
    by Samia Tasmim on January 4, 2022

    Objective: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common risk factor for opioid use disorder (OUD). However, not all individuals with PTSD develop OUD when exposed to opioids. As the underlying moderators remain unexplored, this analysis aimed to determine if non-traumatic adverse experiences and stressors prior to the age of 18 moderate the relationship between PTSD and OUD. Methods: In a matched dataset (n = 830) of individuals with or without PTSD who reported lifetime use of opioids, the...