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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.


(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]


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.


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]


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


(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.

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A negative association was observed between 'emotional dependence' and 'managing daily life events'.
Emotional dependence is closely correlated with preoccupied and fearful attachment and with the anxiety dimension.
These were grouped into 14 categories and are financial dependence, naivete/inexperience, love, hope for change, loneliness, commitment, emotional dependence, being enabled by the cycle of violence, fear, guilt, low self-esteem, physical attraction, physical dependence, and feeling trapped.
Pope (1999), who lived and worked in Malaysia, detailed the differences between individually oriented and group-oriented (collectivist) cultures--similar to the United States and Malaysia respectively--and identified some of the aspects of career counseling that are more effective in collectivist cultures like Malaysia, where collective identity, emotional dependence, and obligations to and the welfare of the family prevail.
Ultimately such "unhealthy emotional dependence" (ibid.) resulted in Webern's seeking psychoanalytic treatment from Alfred Adler (p.
The experienced executive who raised this issue essentially likened the planning and executing of one's leadership behavior to creating a kind of emotional dependence in those being led--perhaps similar to the kind of dependence exhibited in relationships that psychologists label as dysfunctional.
The emotional dependence is putting you under tremendous strain but simply demanding your privacy is likely to put her more on the defensive.
But aside from his romantic friendship with Lord David Cecil and his emotional dependence on various servants, L.
Her naive awe and emotional dependence do not inspire the reader with a valuation equal to her own.
The goddess may be a useful way-station on the way out of emotional dependence on a supernatural being.
me diga en respuesta su determinacion; para que siendo favorable me sirva de regocijo, y siendo adversa de pesar."(20) That despite all his connections to status and power he will be moved to rejoicing or sorrow, solely based upon her response, plays upon his emotional dependence upon her.
This is Theatr Pena's production of Frank Marcus' ground-breaking play, a poignant and darkly funny exploration of emotional dependence and the gap between public appearance and private reality.