It's Complicated

Find therapists that can help with Dependent personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a type of personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive reliance on others for emotional and physical needs, often to the point of being unable to make decisions or take actions independently. People with DPD may experience intense feelings of helplessness and fear of abandonment, and may be preoccupied with the need for reassurance and support from others. Therapy can be helpful in treating DPD by helping individuals to develop a greater sense of independence and self-reliance. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of therapy used to treat DPD, which focuses on identifying and changing negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to feelings of helplessness and dependency. In CBT, individuals may learn coping strategies and problem-solving skills to help them feel more in control of their lives. Another approach to treating DPD is psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on exploring the unconscious motivations and conflicts that contribute to a person's dependency on others. This type of therapy may involve working through past experiences and relationships that have contributed to the development of DPD. Group therapy may also be beneficial for people with DPD, as it provides an opportunity to practice social skills and develop a support network of peers who understand the challenges of living with this condition.

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