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October 2010

Teen Dependent Personality Disorder

by Staff, on at risk youth, Dependent Personality Disorder, DPD, DPD treatment, teen Dependent Personality Disorder, teen disorder, Teen DPD, teen personality disorder

DPD or Dependent Personality Disorder falls under the group of anxiety personality disorders, which are easily recognized by great feelings of fear and nervousness. Teens with DPD feel helpless, they are submissive and they need someone to reassure them of every little thing, they are basically unable to make their own decisions and depend heavily on others.

Dependent Personality Disorder is a very frequent personality disorder found equally in both men and women.  It usually appears in early adulthood, late teens. Teens with DPD are emotionally attached and dependant on others and spend most of their time trying to please someone. They cling to one or more persons and they can be very needy, in most cases they have an outrageous fear of separation. There are several common symptoms of teen Dependant personality Disorder you can watch out for:

-    Unable to make decisions on their own
-    They need constant reassurance from others
-    They avoid personal responsibility
-    Any job that has personally responsibility or a significant function poses a threat to them and they will avoid it no matter what
-    Great fear of being abandoned
-    Suicidal when being rejected and depressed
-    Often try to seek a new relationship as soon as one ends
-    Over sensitive to criticism
-    Lack self confidence
-    They have a pessimist attitude and they think they are unable to take care of themselves
-    They avoid any argument as they fear that they will be rejected because of it
-    They have a hard time being on their own
-    Tendencies to tolerate abuse
-    Often place other people’s needs before their own
-    Live in fantasy

The causes of Dependent Personality Disorders are not well known, but research so far has shown that it is related to both biological and development factors. Based on the research so far overprotective parenting can lead to DPD in many cases.

DPD is similar to other personality disorders in one significant trait, none of the people diagnosed with a personality disorder has knowledge of having a disorder and as such they don’t seek help. Teens with DPD are at risk of developing long term depression, anxiety and symptoms of other types of personality disorders.

Like with other types of teen personality disorder Dependent Personality Disorder is treated either with medication or psychotherapy. Counseling is the main type of treatment for teens with DPD and the goal of the therapy is to assist the person with this disorder to become more independent. But this type of therapy needs to be short-termed, long term therapy is known to cause dependence on their therapist. Medication is used when other symptoms appear in addition to DPD like depression or anxiety. Again, medication therapy also needs to be monitored as DPD patients are known to easily develop dependency on drugs. Staff