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Dependent Personality Disorder

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Dependent Personality Disorder by: Eliza Skelcey What is Dependent Personality Disorder? Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD) is a "psychiatric disorder marked by an over-reliance on other people to meet one's emotional and physical needs" •Difficulty in making everyday decisions
•Depends on other people to take care of major responsibilities in life
•Difficulty expressing disagreement—fears loss of support/approval
•Difficulty beginning projects on their own—fears judgment, lack of self-confidence in abilities
•Goes to excessive lengths to be nurtured/ receive support
•Feels uncomfortable alone
•Seeks relationships frequently when a close relationship ends
•Fears being alone, left to take of themselves There are no physical conditions that indicate the presence of DPD Diagnosis and Causes Diagnosis Causes To diagnose this disorder a patient must be referred by a general health provider to a mental health professional.

No lab study, blood work, or tests can diagnose DPD

To be diagnosed with this disorder one must have present at least five of the eight previously mentioned symptoms.
Not meant to be diagnosed in children, but rather in the early years of adulthood. No pin-pointed causes, though there are some theories that include:
Biological and genetic factors
Social factors
Psychological factors- possible traumatic abandonment DPD in Media and Life There have been no reports of celebrities that have been diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder. Though, there are cases such as Marilyn Monroe and possibly Princess Diana.
Both displayed similar qualities within their personalities that point to a personality disorder, possibly even Borderline Personality Disorder, which in some ways is similar to DPD.
In Marilyn's case she was unable to find her own way of life and was constantly in scandalously patched up marriages, divorces, and relationships that maybe weren't the best.
In Princess Diana, whose symptoms of any disorder were very secretive struggled with finding her identity and even in self-mutilating behaviours. Two depictions of DPD in popular TV series Arrested Development and in the 1992 film Single White Female, starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Treating DPD To treat DPD in patients they must first be diagnosed, questions that a professional may ask are:
Do you seek advice for everyday decisions?
Do you find yourself in situations where other people have made decisions about important areas in your life, e.g. what job to take?
Is it hard for you to express a different opinion with someone you are close to? What do you think might happen if you did?
Do you often pretend to agree with others even if you do not? Why?
Do you often need help to get started on a project?
Do you ever volunteer to do unpleasant things for others so they will take care of you when you need it?
Are you uncomfortable when you are alone? Are you afraid you will not be able to take care of yourself?
Have you found that you are desperate to get into another relationship right away when a close relationship ends? Even if the new relationship might not be the best person for you?
Do you worry about important people in your life leaving you? The most common and effective form of treatment for DPD is Talk Therapy also called psychotherapy, which gradually helps patients to make decisions for themselves.
Medications can be administered for the cases that display depression or anxiety. Bibliography A.D.A.M. Editorial Board. Dependent Personality Disorder. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 Nov. 2010. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

Banschick, Mark, M.D. "The Intelligent Divorce." Overcoming Neediness. Psychology Today, 28 Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

Boeree, George C. "Personality Disorders." Personality Disorders. Shippensberg Univeristy, 2007. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

"Dependent Personality Disorder." Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness Find a Therapist. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

Malkin, Craig, Ph. D. "Romance Redux." Five Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness. Psychology Today, 30 Nov. 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2013.

Murray, Bridget. "Mixing Oil and Water." American Psychological Association, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2013. Five Ways to Overcome Feelings of Neediness by:Craig Malkin In this article we are taught five ways to reduce and ultimately overcome the excessive feeling of neediness for others in our lives. "Neediness, it seems, is the unhealthy version of our craving for contact (dependency), marked more by helplessness, fear, and passivity than any clear emotional request." Overcoming Neediness by: Mark Banschick, M.D. This article describes the types of dependency needed, It also brings up the ways to overcome neediness, some of which were mentioned. The important thing we learned though is the need for balance in the dependence in relationships. Love can effect the amount of the dependency within yourself, once you feel the "vibes" of another person you have a need for their attention and the feeling of wholeness they give you. Mixing Oil and Water by: Bridget Murray Two things learned: Neediness is “a generalized, undifferentiated dependence on others and feelings of helplessness and fears of desertion and abandonment,
Five ways to get over neediness: Breathing, reduce anxiety
Connect with others- effectively need the relationships
Know what emotions you are experiencing- write them down
Know what relationships you have
Make room for your needs- Know what you need Clinginess is a form of dependency
"Clinginess stems from a void in the person, and it’s rooted in damaged self-esteem." Two things learned: Not specifically geared towards DPD, this article goes on to describe how within personality disorders they search for someone that fills in the parts of themselves that are missing. Two things learned: People with personality disorders maybe attracted to someone who displays characteristics of personality that are opposite their own.

This can result in repeated divorce and search of similar partners. After a long process of searching for celebrities with DPD, I was unable to come up with any results.
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