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What is dependent personality disorder?

Dependent personality disorder is part of the Cluster C group of personality disorders. This group is characterized by anxious and fearful behavior and thinking. Those with this disorder are overly dependent on others, extremely submissive, and have a strong need to be cared for. Once a relationship ends, they have a deep need to start another. They give over decision-making to others and feel unable to make their own choices. They tolerate abuse and mistreatment. Sometimes adults with long-term illnesses or physical handicaps develop this disorder.

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