There is no specific treatment for this disorder. Psychotherapy may be useful in gradually helping the person make more independent choices in life. Medication may also be helpful in treating any other underlying conditions.
Improvements are usually seen only with long-term therapy.
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- May be susceptible to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider or a mental health professional if you or your adolescent has symptoms of dependent personality disorder.
Review Date : 10/17/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Timothy A. Rogge, MD, private practice in Psychiatry, Kirkland, Washington. Also reviewed byDavid Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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