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Choosing the Best Private Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment Center

Classified as an anxious personality disorder, dependent personality disorder is characterized by intense anxiety and fear. Those who struggle with it often feel helpless, have a hard time making decisions, and seek out others to take care of them or to reassure them.

Does this sound like you? According to Cleveland Clinic, you’re not alone: Dependent personality disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed personality disorders. Luckily, it’s also a disorder that can improve with treatment. Contact us at the phone number listed above in order to learn more about your options in medical and psychotherapeutic care.

Quick Facts

  • Dependent personality disorder occurs in both men and women equally.
  • Signs of dependent personality disorder usually begin in early to middle adulthood.
  • Those with dependent personality disorder will benefit from treatment.

Patients Diagnosed With Dependent Personality Disorder May Develop….

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and/or panic disorders

Signs of Disorder

Do you find yourself forgiving everything in your relationships or bending over backwards to make others happy – even when it means taking abuse or letting go of things that you want? This is one of the biggest signs of dependent personality disorder, but some other symptoms include:

  • Fear of separation and abandonment
  • Inability to make decisions without first conferring with others
  • Avoiding positions of responsibility
  • Avoiding doing things alone or independent of others
  • Having a hard time being alone
  • Being overly sensitive to criticism or judgment of others
  • Putting the desires of others first
  • Tendency to go from one serious relationship to the next
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence

Questions to Ask Yourself

You may not be able to easily recognize the signs of dependent personality disorder in yourself. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that may help clarify the issue:

  • Do you stay in relationships that you know are bad for you?
  • Are you always the one to be broken up with and never the one to break up?
  • Are you often the person called upon to be the designated driver, watch someone else’s children, lend money, or perform other tasks for those around you – yet find that there is no one there to return the favor?
  • Do you have an intense fear of being alone or fear that when your loved one leaves they won’t come back?

Types of Treatment That Work for Dependent Personality Disorder

Psychotherapy is the foundation of a mental health treatment program that addresses the issues that drive dependent personality disorder. Personal therapy, creative therapies, animal-assisted therapies and other alternative treatments can help you to address the issues and trauma in your life that may have led up to your intense need to have the approval of those around you. For some, it may have been overprotective parents that triggered the problems related to dependent personality disorder. For others, trauma during childhood or early adulthood may have led up to the problem. There also may be a genetic predisposition for the disorder.

Whatever the cause, working through the day-to-day problems caused by dependent personality disorder in therapy can be effective in helping you to strengthen your self-confidence and learn how to prioritize your own mental wellness in relationships. Call now to find the best private dependent personality disorder treatment center that can help you take the first step to a life defined by balanced and healthy relationships.