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Dependent Personality Disorder

Jonathan Piercy, MD and William G. Elder, PhD Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is characterized by a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation (1)...

DIAGNOSIS

Due to high co-occurrence with other psychiatric disorders, assess suicide ideation and self-harm behavior. 

HISTORY

DSM-5 criteria require a pattern beginning by early adulthood characterized...

TREATMENT

  • Outpatient psychotherapy can improve functioning and quality of life and reduce symptoms in patients with DPD (4)[A].

  • Short-term inpatient therapy can be considered for severe cases (5)[A].

  • In...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Schedule routine follow-up with patient (relieves patient anxiety about medical care relationship with physician).

  • Set limits to availability: Keep to regularly sc...

REFERENCES

1
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2013.
2
Lenzenweger MF, Lane MC, Loranger AW...

CODES

ICD10

F60.7 Dependent personality disorder 

ICD9

301.6 Dependent personality disorder 

SNOMED

84466009 Dependent personality disorder 

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • DPD is characterized by an excessive and pervasive need to be taken care of, leading to submissive and clingy behavior and fear of separation.

  • To determine if a patient has a DPD versus...

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