Understanding Dependant Personality Disorder

What is dependant personality disorder?

One of several personality disorders it is defined as a cluster or class C disorder which is characterised by anxiety, nervousness or fearfulness.

People who suffer from this condition are often described as being needy or clingy and having an overwhelming need to be taken care of.  They are also passive and submissive, putting up with people being abusive or taking advantage of them, as they know they will do things they don’t want to do just to please them.

They fear disapproval, so will avoid confrontation or arguments and struggle to deal with the breakup of relationships, as their fear of abandonment is so overwhelming.  This can lead them to move on to new relationships quickly as they don’t cope well with being alone.

They also have difficulty making everyday decisions without consulting other people and will often seek reassurance about what