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a state of relying on another for love, affection, mothering, comfort, security, food, warmth, shelter, protection, and the like.


1. The state of being dependent.
See also: dependent personality disorder.
2. In psychiatry, seen as an issue for a patient who has made a decision that others are responsible for that patient's personal well-being; such turning over of power and responsibility can often lead to frustration, anxiety, anger, and depression, when the so-designated others fail to care for the person in the manner desired.
See also: dependent personality disorder.


/de·pen·den·cy/ (-en-se) reliance on others for love, affection, mothering, comfort, security, food, warmth, shelter, protection, and the like—the so-called dependency needs.


n the state of being dependent.
dependency, drug,
n a psychologic craving for, habituation to, or addiction to a chemical substance; the term replaces
drug addiction, which emphasizes physiologic craving.
dependency, emotional,
n an emotional need manifested by a marked and habitual inclination to rely on another for comfort, support, guidance, and decision making; the tendency to seek help from others in making decisions or in carrying out difficult actions; the need to be mothered, loved, taken care of, emotionally supported. In extreme cases such persons lose their ability to function independently.

Patient discussion about dependency

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.

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MSD theory posits that individuals develop dependency relationships with the media because individuals are goal-directed and some of their goals can be achieved by accessing media-controlled resources (DeFleur & Ball-Rokeach, 1989).
Hypothesis 2: Smartphone users who use mobile Internet or text messages-including SMS and MIM--will show higher levels of mobile dependency and more symptoms than will nonsmartphone users.
We can do this by examining each dependency in turn to see if it is redundant.
In this phase, we also gather positional information about each dependency in the dependency tree as we will need this information later when weighting dependencies in Phase 3.
Actually, the normalized component of temperature dependency [gamma](t) represents temperature deviation, unit [degrees]C.
Because we are impatient people, because policy makers want results today, and because those who reimburse for chemical dependency treatment (including the federal and state governments) want real outcomes for their dollars, some are tempted to believe, and in some cases mandating, that treatment's goal lies with reducing cravings and regulating and normalizing pleasure.
When the pattern was applied, this plan was transferred to the SSA and a new plan dependency between the Organization actor and the SSA was generated.
If dependency is the trap, self-sufficiency is the trapdoor, intended to free individuals from their dependent status.
The young, single mother is today the icon of dependency and yet it is not she who is dependent in any material sense, but the children she looks after.
The IRS recently revised form 8332 and Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Parents, to allow parents who have never been married to each other to release their dependency exemption without IRS challenge.
By 2030 Canada's total dependency rate is expected to increase by 26 per cent.