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Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment in San Diego, California

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The Difference of Interdependent and Dependent

Humans are social entities. Unlike most other living species, if we were left alone from birth, we would probably die. We are dependent on our parents, mainly the mother, who shelters us in her womb and the doctor who will beat our buttocks to check our health. Animals know how to hunt and walk by instinct. We must be taught by someone.

Obsessing on Dependence

However, when we have learned enough growing up, certain patterns of dependency become obsessive.

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Dependent Personality disorder is one of the most common personality disorders, and is equally prevalent among men and women.

Fear of novelty and a tendency to be very upset by loss and separation since early childhood are warning signs in early childhood.  As adults, those suffering from dependent personality disorder find it hard to think that they can cope with everyday life by themselves.

When Healthy Connections Aren’t Established

Attachment theory tells us that establishing healthy contact and forming comforting psychological images catapults the infant to explore his or her environment and thus achieve a balance between being independent and yet close to others.  Unfortunately, if parents are inconsistent, absent, or worse yet, abuse, children obviously have a harder time calming down when they experience panic, anxiety, anger, or frustration, in addition to adopting a fear and uncertainty role model that they will replicate in their adult relationships.

Dependent Personality Disorder Symptoms

Some symptoms that may indicate that you are a person with dependent personality disorder are:


Too Afraid

Being too afraid of being criticized, rejected, or abandoned


Fleeing responsibility and avoiding loneliness

Submissive and Passive

Being very submissive and passive in their relationships, and becoming angry and devastated when such relationships end

Lack of Self-Propulsion

Difficulty in developing your own projects

A Sense of Paralyzation

Feeling unable to make the slightest decision without help

Going Against Self

Accepting situations that are contrary to one's own morals in order to "retain" a person

Others First

Always consider others as much more capable than yourself

Low Self-Esteem

Having low self-esteem

When Others Take Action

Allow others to take responsibility for various areas in your life