The Effects Of Dependent Personality Disorder

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Dependent personality disorder is pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation. The pattern normally begins in early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts. (American Psychiatric association, 2013)
Diagnostic features and symptoms
Those with this disorder have difficulty making every day decisions. In adolescents with this disorder often rely on their parents. They rely on them to decide what they should wear, who they should associate with, how they will spend their free time, what school or college they should attend. These individuals feel so unable to function alone that they will agree with things that they feel are wrong rather than risk losing the
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Urgently seeks another relationship as a source of care and support when a close relationship ends.
8. It’s unrealistically preoccupied with fears of being left to take care of himself or herself.
9. Have difficulty expressing disagreement with others. Disagreeing with others is often viewed as too risky. It might sever the support or approval of those upon whom they depend. They are often overly agreeable, as they fear alienating other people (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
At least 5 of the symptoms must be present. These symptoms must begin by early adulthood and be evident in the variety of contexts. Dependent personality disorder should rarely, if ever, be diagnosed in children and adolescents. Their dependence on others because of their age and developmental limitations. Before your doctor says you have dependent personality disorder he or she must rule out personality change due to another medical condition or substance use disorders. Dependent personality disorder must be distinguished from personality change due to another medical condition, in which traits that emerge are attributable to the effects of another medical condition on the central nervous system. Also dependent personality disorder must be distinguished from the symptoms that may develop in association with persistent substance abuse (American psychiatric Association,
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Age and cultural factors need to be considered in evaluating the diagnostic threshold of each criterion. An emphasis on passivity, politeness, and deferential treatment is characteristic of some societies and may be misinterpreted as traits of dependent personality disorder. Societies may differentially foster and discourage dependent behavior in males and females (American psychiatric Association, 2013).

Prevalence
According to the DSM-V and data from 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related conditions yielded an estimated prevalence of dependent personality disorder of 0.49 percent and dependent personality was estimated, based on probability subsample from part II of the National Comorbidity Survey Replication to be 0.6 percent (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
They say that dependent personality disorder is more common in women than it is in men, although it does occur in men. The extreme symptoms that one has usually and will typically decrease in intensity with age. Usually by the time they’re in their 40’s and 50’s (Staff P. C., 2014).
There are several different ways that personality disorders are put into clusters and these are the four. 1. Distorted thinking patterns 2. Problemic emotional responses 3. Over and under regulated impulse control 4. Interpersonal difficulties (simone hoermann,

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