dependence


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

dependence

 [de-pen´dens]
a need for something; sometimes used as a synonym for drug dependence.
chemical dependence (drug dependence) see drug dependence.
emotional dependence psychological dependence.
physical dependence (physiological dependence) drug dependence in which the drug is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms or in which it is associated with tolerance, or both.
psychoactive substance dependence drug dependence.
psychological dependence drug dependence in which the drug is used to obtain relief from tension or emotional discomfort; called also emotional dependence.
substance dependence drug dependence.

de·pen·dence

(dĕ-pen'dents), Avoid the misspelling dependance.
The quality or condition of relying on, being influenced by, or being subservient to a person, object, or substance, thus reflecting a particular need.
[L. dependeo, to hang from]

dependence

/de·pen·dence/ (de-pen´dens)
1. a state of relying on or requiring the aid of something.
2. a state in which there is a compulsive or chronic need, as for a drug; see substance d.

psychoactive substance dependence , substance dependence
1. compulsive use of a substance despite significant problems resulting from such use. Although tolerance and withdrawal were previously defined as necessary and sufficient for dependence, they are currently only two of several possible criteria.

dependence

[dipen′dəns]
Etymology: L, de + pendere, to hang upon
1 the state of being dependent.
2 the total psychophysical state of one addicted to drugs or alcohol who must receive an increasing amount of the substance to prevent the onset of withdrawal symptoms.

dependence

Psychiatry A CNS adaptation to the persistent presence of a sedative. See Substance dependence, Tobacco dependence. Cf Addiction Substance abuse A psychological or physiologic need to use a substance–usually a narcotic on a chronic and repeated basis; dependence on the drug may become overwhelming, compelling the user to sacrifice quality of life for the drug. See Addict. Cf Addiction.

de·pen·dence

(dĕ-pen'dĕns)
The quality or condition of relying on, being influenced by, or being subservient to a person, substance, or object reflecting a particular need.
[L. dependeo, to hang from]

Dependence

A state in which a person requires a steady concentration of a particular substance to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

de·pen·dence

(dĕ-pen'dĕns) Avoid the misspelling dependance.
The quality or condition of relying on, being influenced by, or being subservient to a person, object, or substance.
[L. dependeo, to hang from]

Patient discussion about dependence

Q. Is there any depression which is dependent on something. is there any depression which is dependent on something and whenever that thing strikes the depression arrives?

A. Well Anthony, almost all depression had some known dependency on something. But its regular dependency and frequency increment or decrement will differ a lot. One kind of depression like seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is where every individual remains depressed every year at the same time, which may be due to seasonal changes like winter and summer. In SAD the depression arrives every year at the same time and it seems to be arrival of depression dependent on the season.

Q. What is the difference between alcoholism, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependent?

A. Alcoholism is the high carve for drinking without caring for negative results it will have on physical, mental, emotional and social life. A binge drinker who continues to drink even though the problem has started in his normal life will lead to alcohol abuse and he may start the journey for alcoholism. In alcohol dependence the drinker steps up from the alcohol abuse and the crave increases in spite of the biggest problem on head. We can say that alcohol dependence is alcoholism.

Q. Does anyone have ideas for ways to overcome concentration problems without depending on medications? I'm reallllllly trying hard to study for my final exams and my ADD seems to bother me every time I touch the desk. Sometimes my thoughts fly out when I only think of how much I still have to study today!!! please- help if you can... I really don't want to start with meds...

A. Omega-3 fatty acids, phosphatidylserine, zinc and magnesium may have benefits with regard to ADD symptoms. i take omega-3 fatty acids every day for the past year and it helped me go threw a ruff year of studying.

More discussions about dependence
References in classic literature ?
Thus, each of the principal branches of the federal government will owe its existence more or less to the favor of the State governments, and must consequently feel a dependence, which is much more likely to beget a disposition too obsequious than too overbearing towards them.
Preparatory to the chase, they performed some religious rites, and offered up to the Great Spirit a few short prayers for safety and success; then, having received the blessings of their wives, they leaped upon their horses and departed, leaving the whole party of Christian spectators amazed and rebuked by this lesson of faith and dependence on a supreme and benevolent Being.
The length of passages, the growing sense of solitude, the close dependence upon the very forces that, friendly to-day, without changing their nature, by the mere putting forth of their might, become dangerous to-morrow, make for that sense of fellowship which modern seamen, good men as they are, cannot hope to know.
Despair no more leans on others than perfect contentment, and in despair pride ceases to be counteracted by the sense of dependence.
But, as the original distinctions between these nations were marked by a difference in language, as well as by repeated and bloody wars, they were never known to amalgamate, until after the power and inroads of the whites had reduced some of the tribes to a state of dependence that rendered not only their political, but, considering the wants and habits of a savage, their animal existence also, extremely precarious.
but I cannot place all my dependence upon that man; he has a good head, but I must have an arm
The main dependence was on bodily strength and manual dexterity.
the time when that dependence and hope utterly left me, when the sadness I had felt in Bertha's growing estrangement became a joy that I looked back upon with longing as a man might look back on the last pains in a paralysed limb.
That brother had been long removed from the country and being a sensible man, and, moreover, a single man at the time, she had a fond dependence on no human creature's having heard of it from him.
The danger is not from that state, but where it hath a dependence of foreign authority; or where the churchmen come in and are elected, not by the collation of the king, or particular patrons, but by the people.
Her only dependence for information of any kind was on Isabella.
In our condition of universal dependence it seems heroic to let the petitioner be the judge of his necessity, and to give all that is asked, though at great inconvenience.