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Dependent personality disorder

  • Alternative Names

    Personality disorder - dependent


    People with this disorder do not trust their own ability to make decisions. They may be very upset by separation and loss. They may go to great lengths, even suffering abuse, to stay in a relationship.

    Symptoms of dependent personality disorder may include:

    • Avoiding being alone
    • Avoiding personal responsibility
    • Becoming easily hurt by criticism or disapproval
    • Becoming overly focused on fears of being abandoned
    • Becoming very passive in relationships
    • Feeling very upset or helpless when relationships end
    • Having difficulty making decisions without support from others
    • Having problems expressing disagreements with others

    Signs and tests

    Like other personality disorders, dependent personality disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms.