Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is characterized by insecurity, self-doubt, an excessive need to be cared for that leads to submissive and clinging behavior, and fears of rejection and abandonment by valued others. Like all personality disorders, DPD is characterized by long-standing difficulties in interpersonal functioning that begin early in life and typically persist throughout adulthood. Studies confirm that DPD is one of the more prevalent personality disorders in the United States and in other Westernized countries, with a prevalence rate of about 1% in adult community samples, and 5% or more in clinical (psychiatric inpatient or outpatient) settings. The disorder is diagnosed more frequently in women than in men and is associated with a number of negative outcomes (e.g., increased risk for depression and anxiety ...

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