Dependent Personality Disorder

An enduring, pervasive, and excessive need to be taken care of which leads to submissive and clinging behavior and overwhelming fears of separation.


Is there a test for Dependent Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with dependent personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you find it difficult to make decisions without the advice or validation of others?

  • Do you feel dependent on other people in important areas of your life?

  • Do you find it difficult to disagree with other people?

  • Do you find it difficult to do things alone?

  • Do you often take on unpleasant tasks for other people in order to gain their affection?

  • Do you feel uncomfortable when you are alone?

  • Are you afraid of having to take care of yourself?

  • Are you afraid of being abandoned?

  • Do you feel the need to find someone else quickly after a close relationship has ended?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have dependent personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder?

Dependent Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Fear of being abandoned

  • Feelings of hopelessness when relationships end

  • Lack of self-confidence

  • Pessimism

  • Difficulty being alone

  • Hypersensitivity to criticism

  • Difficulty in making decisions

  • Difficulty assuming responsibility

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.