Dependent Personality Disorder

There are a large number of reported cases of abuse on a global scale. Yes, on a global scale. This is due to the fact that violence and abuse cuts across classes, cultures, religions, and ethnicity.

One might ask why violence and abuse pervades. The answer might not be easy to answer, but in a nutshell, the cases of violence and abuse may have continued to escalate because some people are willing to submit themselves in order to maintain their relationships with certain people in their lives.

Submissiveness is synonymous to being non-assertive, even to the extent when rights and welfares are consciously being curtailed. Submissiveness may seem normal, but it ceases to be normal at a certain point. In fact, too much submissiveness may already be a sign of DPD or Dependent Personality Disorder.

What is DPD?

DPD is covered by Anxious Personality Disorders, the last among the three clusters of personality. This cluster deals with disorders which are marked by a grave feeling of nervousness and fear. It is characterized by extreme helplessness, submissiveness, and a need to be taken care of. The inability to make decisions may also characterize DPD.

Symptoms  of DPD

Individuals who have DPD are generally very eager to please the people around them. They also get emotionally attached easily because they grow too emotionally dependent on the people around them. Aside from this, individuals with DPD also tend to avoid responsibility and independence. They have intense fear of abandonment and takes more time to get over broken relationships compared to others.

Instead of the normal reactions to criticisms, individuals with DPD take criticisms too seriously. They care too much for the approval of other people that they tend to agree even if they don’t want to. They find it difficult to deal with being alone. They typically suffer in silence and tolerate maltreatment, violence and abuse because they lack the self-confidence and self-esteem to stand on their own ground.

What causes DPD?

The causes of DPD are yet to be determined, but experts claim that it usually takes root when an individual is raised by overprotective and/or authoritarian parents. Other factors that may lead to the development of this disorder are genetic and environmental influences.

How to treat DPD?

Individuals who are diagnosed with DPD are prone to depression, anxiety and substance abuse. This is especially true when certain episodes in their lives trigger the advancement of their disorders. In these cases, the treatment options may include psychotherapy to help the individual learn to form healthy relationships.

Meanwhile, the use of medications may also be utilized, particularly when the individual is already suffering from depression or anxiety. However, the use of medication should be controlled because as mentioned, individuals with DPD are highly susceptible to substance abuse.

Emotions are hard to control, but we should take care not to let our emotions rule our lives. Independence is important in the same way that asserting our self-worth is. Know your value and learn to respect yourself. Otherwise, you will be too vulnerable, and too easy a target for this dysfunctional disorder.


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