BASIC DESCRIPTION OF DPD SUFFERER :
Dependent personality disorder (DPD) affects about 0.5% of the population and is more commonly found in women than in men. Those who suffer from it greatly fear separation and abandonment by those who look after them; also, they have an excessive reliance upon others, constantly seeking reassurance, advice and care from them. In everyday language, such people are often described as being ‘clingy’.
The person suffering from DPD feels a deeply pervasive sense of being essentially helpless and of being utterly unable to cope with life’s demands on their own, rather as if they were still a young child.
AVOIDANCE OF RESPONSIBILITIES :
Because of such beliefs and feelings, the DPD sufferer will very much tend to avoid any responsibility – domestically, socially or professionally. If s/he is unexpectedly faced with responsibilities, s/he is likely to feel anxious, panicked and overwhelmed.
AFFECT OF DPD UPON RELATIONSHIPS :
Symptoms of DPD will also affect the individual’s approach to relationships. S/he will tend to only form relationships with those who are caring, nurturing
It has been often stated in my posts that personality disorders are often linked to traumatic childhoods. I have already described several personality disorders, but I would like to introduce you to some we have not met before. I also wish to introduce the psychiatric concept of clusters.
There are very many personality