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Psyche Saturday - Dependent Personality Disorder

December 19, 2020

Today we will be discussing Dependent Personality Disorder.

According to the DSM-5, Dependent Personality Disorder is defined as a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behavior and fears of separation. Petition for Mariska Hargitay on Blackbird:




Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association

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Disney, K.L. (2013). Dependent personality disorder: A critical review. Retrieved from:

Loas, G., Cormier, J., and Perez-Diaz, F. (2011). Dependent personality disorder and physical abuse. Retrieved from:


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