Dependent personality disorder is a type of personality disorder that causes a lot of anxiety. Those with this disorder can feel submissive, helpless, or unable to look after themselves. In addition to this, they can have difficulty making simple decisions. However, with help, they can become self-reliant and gain self-confidence. 

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Dependent personality disorder (DPD), usually begins during childhood, but it tends to start before the age of 29. Those with this personality disorder have an overwhelming desire to be taken care of. They often rely on other people for their physical or emotional needs and can often be described as being clingy or needy. 

People with this personality disorder don’t believe that they have the ability to take care of themselves. They can even struggle to know what to wear. 

More women than men have DPD, however, less than 1% of people are considered to have this disorder. 

What Causes DPD?

There is no clear evidence as to what causes dependent personality disorder. However, it is thought that development, environment, and genetics have an impact. 

Those who are more likely to develop this disorder can have certain life experiences such as: 

  • Abusive relationships – Those who have been in abusive relationships can develop this personality disorder.
  • Certain religious, cultural, or family behaviours – Some people may develop DPD if they think reliance on authority is very important.
  • Childhood trauma – Children who have experienced neglect or verbal abuse can develop DPD. Children who have had a life-threatening illness can also be at risk. 
  • Family history – If a family member has an anxiety disorder or DPD is more likely to be diagnosed with this condition. 

Can DPD be Avoided?

While it’s not clear how this personality disorder can be avoided, treatment could help people who are at risk of developing it. Treatment could include teaching people how to deal with or avoid difficult situations. 

It is believed that healthy relationships could help to prevent a child from developing dependent personality disorder later in their life. 

For more information about the symptoms of DPD and how it’s treated visit this site: https://www.healthline.com/health/dependent-personality-disorder

When to See a Doctor About DPD 

If you think you might have this personality disorder, you should speak to your doctor if you have:

  • Change in or loss of appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Persistently negative thoughts about yourself 

If dependent personality disorder is left untreated, it can cause depression. This is why it is so important that you ask for help. 

There is help in Barlby for this and other personality disorders. Please ask for help if you are struggling. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk