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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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With profound wisdom, clarity, and compassion, Eva Feder Kittay envisions a social world that acknowledges the inevitability of dependency and that truly values what she calls "dependency work.
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