dependent personality disorder

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1. pertaining to dependence or to dependency.
2. hanging down.
dependent personality disorder a personality disorder marked by excessive need to be taken care of, with submissiveness and clinging and preoccupation with fears of abandonment, so that others are allowed to assume responsibility for major areas of one's life. Persons with the disorder need advice and reassurance in decision making, yield responsibility, initiative, and independence, avoid disagreement, voluntarily undertake unpleasant tasks to ensure further care, subordinate their own desires to those of the people they depend on to avoid jeopardizing those relationships, and feel discomfort or helplessness when alone, indiscriminately rushing to new relationships.
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de·pen·dent per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

1. an enduring and pervasive pattern in adulthood characterized by submissive and clinging behavior and excessive reliance on others to meet one's emotional, social, or economic needs.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.
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dependent personality disorder

A personality disorder characterized by an extreme need for care, support, and approval from others, submissive behavior, and fear of being alone.
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dependent personality disorder

Psychiatry A condition of early adulthood onset, which is characterized by a '…pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of (by others) that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation'
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

de·pen·dent per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

(dĕ-pendĕnt pĕrsŏn-ali-tē dis-ōrdĕr)
Enduring and pervasive pattern in adulthood characterized by submissive and clinging behavior and excessive reliance on others to meet one's emotional, social, or economic needs.
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Q. Are there any goals set for fitness training depending on the person’s health and age? I am a guy who satisfies others’ needs without any selfish motive. But I worry whether I am able to satisfy my girlfriend’s wish. She wants me to develop my body by going to a gym. Spurred on by my romantic frame of mind, I joined a gym last month and soon I was admitted in hospital. Doctors said that I didn’t follow the right procedure or could have not taken right guidance from a fitness trainer. I doubt my fitness trainer or the procedure that he used to guide me was right or wrong. Now please let me know that before you enroll in a gym what are the things that the fitness trainer will suggest and are the exercises tailor-made for each person? Are there any goals set for fitness training depending on the person’s health and age? Can I satisfy my girl-friend’s wish finally?

A. I too think so... It depends on the club and how competent/capable the trainer is. Most of the trainers will execute an initial testing to determine body fat, flexibility, blood pressure, etc. You will be asked your goals – the greater the strength, the more endurance, etc. Some will recommend specific exercise if you request them. Most of the trainers at gyms will suggest exercises after you join, so you need to ask questions before you join to determine what will and can be done. Other members can also be asked how they have been guided. Stop by at the gym several times before you join to see how crowded they are, if the equipment would be made available to you when you need it and if it is kept clean and hygienic. There are no set standards, so the person involved should be aware and informed. Do not strain yourself too much. All the best in your life!

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Individuals with avoidant personality disorder are likely to present with other Axis I anxiety disorders, other personality disorders (especially dependent personality disorder), and mood disorders (APA, 2000; Oldham et al., 1995).
Remember, complete the compound core belief, the cluster B's, and dependent personality disorders. Synthesize these 4 compound core beliefs on the Conglomerate of Beliefs and Behaviors form and you have your treatment interfering behaviors, as well as, possibly a separate discreet personality disorder that a youngster may develop, from physical, sexual, emotional and environmental abuse.
Dependent personality disorder was poorly understood until Freud was conceptually able to place the genesis of this disorder into a specific developmental stage in terms of overindulgence during early life.
The least common diagnoses were schizoid personality disorder, seen in 5% of the sample, and schizotypal personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder, each seen in 4% of the sample.
More specifically, these differences reached statistical significance for the paranoid, histrionic, and dependent personality disorders.
In the current study, the findings showed that the pregnant women with POPD were nearly five times more likely than the pregnant women without POPD to meet any cluster C personality disorder The most common cluster C personality disorders described in patients with POPD are avoidant personality disorders followed by obsessive-compulsive, passive-aggressive and dependent personality disorders. Additionally we found that these Axis II cluster C personality disorders were an independent determinant of POPD.
After discussing general issues like why the diagnosis of personality disorder is difficult, the relationship between traits and disorders, the advantages and disadvantages of proposals to revise or replace the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders system, etiology and risk factors, and prevalence, precursors, and outcomes, he covers antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, schizotypal, schizoid, paranoid, histrionic, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive, and dependent personality disorders, and personality disorder, not otherwise specified, ending with psychopharmacology, psychotherapies, and a general approach to management.
The studies conducted so far suggest that women with obsessive-compulsive, avoidant, or dependent personality disorders have greater risks of developing a major depressive episode during pregnancy [10].

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