By Cynthia Sass
Dependent personality disorder is characterized as an excessive reliance on another person to satisfy one’s own emotional and physical needs. There is an overwhelming desire to be taken care of and, essentially, to be told what to do and how to feel about even the simplest things.
Making everyday decisions is extremely difficult for people with dependent personality disorder, unless they get vast amounts of reassurance and guidance from a partner. However, simply being submissive and needy in a relationship is not enough to mean that an individual suffers from dependent personality disorder. The behavior is not considered a disorder unless it is pervasive, has persisted for a long duration (since adolescence or young adulthood), and causes impairment in important areas of life, such as relationships, work or school.
The onset of dependent personality disorder tends to happen in young adulthood and can affect both men and women. Although a mental health treatment center could provide needed assistance, many men with dependent personality disorder do not seek help. Additionally, dependent personality disorder in men might be underdiagnosed.