Dependent Personality Disorder : A Separate Peace

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Dependent personality disorder, commonly referred to as DPD, has been formally diagnosed in approximately 2.5% of the population of the United States (Faith). Roughly 14% of individuals with a personality disorder have been diagnosed as having DPD (Faith). Dependent personality disorder is believed to affect one out of every 200 adults (“Dependent”). DPD is also commonly misdiagnosed as Avoidant Personality Disorder, or APD (Faith). 43% of people that are diagnosed with APD also meet the diagnostic criteria for DPD (Faith). 59% of people diagnosed with DPD meet the criteria for APD (Faith). In the novel A Separate Peace, the main character Gene Forrester encounters dependent personality disorder, and also struggles with some of the symptoms himself. A personality disorder is an inflexible and is usually an unhealthy way of thinking or behaving (Carey). Dependent personality disorder is a mental illness which can cause individuals to feel as if they are incapable of living or doing something independently (Faith). Dependent personality disorder is a cluster c personality disorder (Faith). Cluster c personality disorders include all of the anxious or fearful types of disorders (Faith). In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles main character Gene Forrester experiences dependent personality disorder firsthand. Forrester was a student at Devon School located in rural New Hampshire along with his best friend Phineas, who most of the students and professors called Finny…
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