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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Dependant Personality Disorder By Cassidy Calvert double click to change this header text! A personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive psychological dependance on other people. Definition: Symptoms: ~ Pessimism and self-doubt, tend to belittle their abilities and assets, and may constantlyrefer to themselves as stupid. They take criticism and disapproval as proof of their worthlessness and lose faith in themselves. ~ Feels uncomfortable or helpless whenalone because of exaggerated fears of being unable to care for himself or herself ~Has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on his or her own (because of a lack of self-confidence in judgment or abilities rather than a lack of motivation or energy) Who's Affected? ~Chronic physical illness or Separation Anxiety Disorder in childhood or adolescence may predispose an individual to the developmentof dependent personality disorder. Treatments: Counseling: Long-term therapy, while ideal for many personality disorders, is contra-indicated in this instance since it reinforces a dependent relationship upon the therapist. Medication: The anxiety in this instance is clearly situationally-related and medication may actually interfere with effective psychotherapeutic treatment. Untreated: If this disorder goes on untreated, thevictim could begin having panic or anxiety attacks,seizures, ect... Facts/Statistics: ~Individuals with dependent personality disordercan experience anxiety and depressive disorders as well. ~ Their greatest fear is to be left alone and to be responsible for themselves. Even as adults, their dependence upon others may appear childlike. ~ These individuals typically need an excessiveamount of advice and reassurance before they can make even simple decisions, such as the clothing to wear on a given day.
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