Meloncauli is a former nurse and anxiety management therapist. She hopes everyone can take something away from her articles. There are probably many more undiagnosed people with dependent personality disorder than you imagine. The main reason for this is that it would take a referral from your doctor to a psychiatrist to get a diagnosis, and some people would not like to admit to the traits of this disorder.
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Borderline personality disorder BPD is frequently associated with other personality disorders. DPD is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of. In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 , the manual used by mental health professionals to establish diagnostic criteria, DPD is classified as a Cluster C, the cluster made up of anxious and fearful disorders. Other disorders included in Cluster C are avoidant and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders; all three show high levels of anxiety.
Dependent Personality Disorder
Caring about someone with Borderline Personality Disorder BPD tosses you on a roller coaster ride from being loved and lauded to abandoned and bashed. Being a borderline having BPD is no picnic, either. You live in unbearable psychic pain most of the time and in severe cases on the border between reality and psychosis. Your illness distorts your perceptions causing antagonistic behavior and making the world a perilous place. If you like drama, excitement, and intensity, enjoy the ride, because things will never be calm.
We all know what a dependent person is, but not many people have probably heard of dependent personality disorder. It's one of those that's less frequently talked about, but it's something that you should definitely be able to recognize because if it's you, then you want to seek professional help and if it's someone you love, you want to help them get the professional help they need. It's difficult to live a happy and healthy life with untreated dependent personality disorder, because by nature, you're not really living your own life.