Dependent Personality Disorder
|The Central Nervous System|
|A personality disorder is most likely a combination of chemical or electrical imbalances in the brain and a reaction to traumatic personal experiences.|
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- Early childhood parental loss
- Child abuse or neglect
- Chronic physical illness during childhood
- Irrational fear
- Relying on others for guidance, decision-making, reassurance, and advice
- Excessive sensitivity to criticism
- A strong fear of rejection
- Perception of oneself as powerless
- Low self-confidence
Mental Health America http://www.nmha.org
National Institute of Mental Health http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Canadian Mental Health Association http://www.cmha.ca
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
Dependent personality disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Accessed December 15, 2011. Updated July 22, 2013.
Personality disorders. Mental Health America website. Available at: http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectId=C7DF8E96-1372-4D20-C87D9CD4FB6BE82F. Accessed July 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/23/2014 -
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