Main Symptoms Of Dependent Personality Disorder

People who suffer from DPD feel an excessive and persistent need to be taken care of. Which often results in submissive and clingy behavior. As always I advise anyone who are experiencing signs or symptoms of any mental illness or if you feel something isn’t right, please seek the aid or help of a mental health professional whether its a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist always remember early detection is key.

Main Symptoms Of Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)

 Symptoms can appear in many ways that may or may not be visible to other people.

  • Difficulty making decisions, needing excessive assurances to make everyday decisions
  • Difficulty expressing disagreement—being reluctant to disagree, fearing loss of approval or abandonment
  • Difficulty initiating projects, where lack of self-confidence, rather than lack of motivation, prevents self-starting
  • An urgency to replace close relationships—an urgent need to replace a lost relationship with another to continue a source of care and support
  • An excessive need for care, needing someone else to take responsibility for key areas of one’s life
  • Low self-esteem—a distorted view of self that is negative and inconsistent with reality
  • Dependency, or an irregular reliance other people to satisfy emotional, physical needs, which is unsuitable for age or situation
  • Fear of abandonment—an irrational belief that others will reject, leave, or replace them at any moment, and they will have to care for themselves
  • Self-loathing, or an extreme hatred of self or feeling unworthy or worthless

Treatment For DPD

Usually, dependent personality disorder is treated with a combination of talk therapy and medication, if necessary. Therapy focuses on adjusting negative disruptive behaviors and patterns of thinking. The goal is to increase independence through improving the ability to make everyday decisions, and to initiate and develop healthy satisfying relationships. Treatment for DPD can be effective and improve function in daily life.

However, when left untreated, DPD can develop into other medical and mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, and substance abuse.

Please feel free to comment below or send me an email.


Published by Coach Amy

BS, Psychology graduate, Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Life Coach, training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Certified Confidence Life Coach,

2 thoughts on “Main Symptoms Of Dependent Personality Disorder

  1. Hello Amy.
    It seems confusing to adjust thinking to a positive mode.
    I do not know which category I am part of, it is/seems preferable to keep “hidden”.
    Thank you for your helpful insights. Thank you.


    1. Hello Harry,
      I know it may seem that adjusting someone’s thinking into a more positive ones may be a little confusing at first but it actually isn’t. Adjusting negative thinking into positive ones is something that takes time, doesn’t happen overnight. There are quite a few ways someone can adjust their thinking but I always believe its quite useful with the help of a professional to walk you through it.
      I’m not sure if you would fit under dependent personality disorder though however, only a mental health professional can make such a diagnosis.
      But it’s quite possible and can be done.
      Thank you for your comment and for reaching out.


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