Dependent personality disorder is individuals that rely on others that lead to clinging and submissive behaviours, and are afraid of separation.
For example: a man in his mid-20 had experienced difficulty at work; socially because he needed so much attention. He was always depressed and anxious about failures and by the way he spoke, you could tell he needed help.

Statistics of Disorder

  • Dependent Personality disorder is found more in females than in males because females are more emotional and express their feelings more than males.

Various Forms

  • Narcissistic; overblown self-worth lack of empathy
  • -need for constant positive attention
  • -unreasonable expectations of success
  • -obsession with fantasies of qualities
  • -exaggerated achievement


  • Some Causes for DPD are Individuals with dependent personality disorder often have been socially humiliated by others in their developmental years.
  • They may have doubts about their abilities to perform tasks, take on new responsibility, and generally function independently.
  • they portray a helplessness when they don’t have someone caring for them


  • Have difficulty making common decisions
  • Need a excessive amount of advice & reassurance before making decisions
  • Have difficulty doing things on their own
  • Go to excessive lengths to gain support
  • Feel helpless when alone
  • Quickly seek a new relationship
  • Are preoccupied with fears of being left
  • Intense fear of abandonment


  • patients are passive in their overall treatment
  • don’t look for treatment for the disorder itself, but seek treatment when a problem occurs
  • psychotherapy (type of counselling). Goal of therapy is to help person become active, independent and form healthy relationships
  • short term therapy is better because long term can lead to dependency on therapist
  • Therapy strategies: assertiveness training to help person develop self confidence
  • Use of medication: treat people who also suffer from depression/anxiety. Patient can become dependent on drugs or abuse drugs.

Prognosis & Community

  • The general prognosis for individuals with DPD is good
  • Most with this disorder have had a supportive relationship with one parent
  • It allows them to engage in treatment to vary degrees and to explore behaviour
  • There are no help centres or psychiatric wards in peel or Toronto but there are many in England and the states.


  • Some impacts on the sufferer and their family and friends, is that families are commonly endured of the explosive anger and rage, depression built in the individual. For example, a person who rarely gets out of bed would fall under the above statement. The person experiencing this type of disorder, would be occasionally referred to treatment by a loved one, who is recognizing some difficultly with this individual’s coping skills or who have reached their personal limit trying to cope with them.

Famous Victims

  • Buster in Arrested Development
  • Bill Dauterive (King of the Hill)

Other Information

  • Prevention: might not be possible, but treatment can allow a person to learn more productive ways of dealing with situations.
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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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