Have you ever wondered why a close friend or family member seemed so concerned with the opinions, attitudes or outlooks of someone close to them, such as a parent or partner? It’s possible this person was struggling with dependent personality disorder, or DPD, which is commonly described as a disorder in which someone has an excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior.
Dependent personality disorder can be found in just about anyone — though it most often emerges in young adults, it can occur at any age and tends to affect men and women equally. It can be quite problematic, however, as it can lead an individual to make decisions that benefit others while negatively affecting their own physical or mental well-being. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of DPD.
An individual with dependent personality disorder will often appear needy, particularly when in the presence of the person on whom they depend. This behavior can be apparent in a wide range of ways, but is particularly clear when the individual needs to make an important decision. In many cases, the person with dependent personality disorder will make a decision that benefits the person they are dependent upon more than themselves.
Depending on the nature of the decision and its importance, this can further intensify the individual’s dependence on someone else. In time, this could lead them to give up all attempts at decision making, leaving someone else to make the majority of the choices for them.