Anxious Personality Disorders: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive

Individuals with these disorders often appear anxious or fearful, and like the other personality disorders, the generalized patterns described below typically begin in early adulthood, and are present in various contexts.

Dependent Personality Disorder

A person with Dependent Personality Disorder shows an extreme need to be taken care of that leads to fears of separation, and passive and clinging behavior. This disorder is indicated by five (or more) of the following (from DSM IV, American Psychiatric Association, 1994):

     1.difficulty making daily decisions without an excessive 
       amount of advice and reassurance from others
2.needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his or her life
3.difficulty voicing disagreement with others because of fear of loss of support or approval (excluding realistic fears of punishment)
4.difficulty starting projects or doing things on his or her own (because of little self-confidence in judgment or abilities, rather than a lack of motivation or energy)
5.excessively attempts to obtain support from others such that he or she volunteers to do unpleasant tasks
6.feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone because of exaggerated fears of being unable to care for himself or herself
7.urgently seeks another relationship as a source of support when a close relationship ends
8.overly worried about being left to take care of himself or herself

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