Dependent Personality Disorder
It is not clear what causes personality disorders, but it is likely a combination of genetic factors and a person's environment.
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Dependent personality disorder is more common in women and in early adulthood. Other factors that may increase your chances of a personality disorder:
- Early childhood parental loss
- Child abuse or neglect
- Chronic physical illness during childhood
Other associated psychological problems can include:
- Major depression
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Alcohol use disorder
Treatment includes counseling, medication, and therapy. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options include:
Counseling may be beneficial for people with dependent personality disorder. Counseling sessions focus on learning how to manage your anxiety and be more assertive.
Medications may be prescribed to treat other psychological conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
Other treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or group therapy can help you manage symptoms.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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