Difference between revisions of "Dependent personality disorder"

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==Background==
 
==Background==
A pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation
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*A pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation
  
 
==Clinical Features==
 
==Clinical Features==
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==Differential Diagnosis==
 
==Differential Diagnosis==
*Other personality disorders<br />
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*Other personality disorders
*Personality change due to another medical condition<br />
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*Personality change due to another medical condition
*Substance use disorders<br />
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*Substance use disorders
  
 
==Evaluation==
 
==Evaluation==
A clinical diagnosis; however if entertaining other organic causes may initiate workup below
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*A clinical diagnosis; however if entertaining other organic causes may initiate workup below
  
 
{{General ED Psychiatric Workup}}
 
{{General ED Psychiatric Workup}}
  
 
==Management==
 
==Management==
Referral for outpatient psychiatric treatment, as psychotherapy is the primary treatment.
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*Referral for outpatient psychiatric treatment, as psychotherapy is the primary treatment.
  
 
==Disposition==
 
==Disposition==
Home
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*Discharge
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 22:31, 21 October 2017

Background

  • A pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation

Clinical Features

  • Five (or more) of the following criteria, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts:[1]
    • Has difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others.
    • Needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his or her life.
    • Has difficulty expressing disagreement with others because of fear of loss of support or approval.
    • Has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on his or her own (because of a lack of self-confidence in judgment or abilities rather than a lack of motivation or energy).
    • Goes to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, to the point of volunteering to do things that are unpleasant.
    • Feels uncomfortable or helpless when alone because of exaggerated fears of being unable to care for himself or herself.
    • Urgently seeks another relationship as a source of care and support when a close re­lationship ends.
    • Is unrealistically preoccupied with fears of being left to take care of himself or herself.

Differential Diagnosis

  • Other personality disorders
  • Personality change due to another medical condition
  • Substance use disorders

Evaluation

  • A clinical diagnosis; however if entertaining other organic causes may initiate workup below

General ED Psychiatric Workup

Management

  • Referral for outpatient psychiatric treatment, as psychotherapy is the primary treatment.

Disposition

  • Discharge

See Also

External Links

References

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.