Dependent Personality Disorder ( Disney )

1948 Words Dec 5th, 2014 8 Pages
Dependency is something one can consider that the human race requires naturally. When comparing dependency and mental illness we have to be aware of such extreme forms of dependency. Dependent Personality Disorder is the diagnosis of this extreme dependency. Individuals with this disorder can be seen as “clingy” or “needy”. The fear of being alone and the need of assurance plague individuals with this disorder. Due to lack of individual initiative advances individuals with this disorder may not prevail in the workplace or educational settings. This paper details dependent personality disorder, its historical roots, symptoms and treatments proposed to treat such disorder.

History of DPD
The history of dependent personality disorder is often classified as starting in the oral stage in Freud’s stage of development as a “manifestation of dysfunction” (Disney, 2013). DPD in the DSM has evolved from several versions. The premier DSM did not distinctly categorize dependent personality disorder. The disorder was subtype of a passive aggressive personality (Disney, 2013). Published in 1968, The DSM –II no mention of a dependency disorder was proposed individually. In hysterical personality, the suggestion of DPD was found in the description. As in previous DSM, the passive aggressive personality touched further into extreme dependency (Disney, 2013).
Published in 1980, The DSM-III was the first to list Dependent Personality Disorder as a separate disorder and. Criteria included “…
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