DEPENDENT AND CODEPENDENT PERSONALITY DISORDER
Individuals with a dependent personality have a passive attitude toward life, encouraging others to "take charge," and expressing strong wishes that others are "available" to protect and care for them. They have a tendency not to recognize their achievements; their self-esteem is determined by the support they can receive.
Dependent personalities have a great tendency to devalue their achievements. They have the inability to assume the role of owners of their welfare, and they must believe that there will be someone who will take care of them and guide them.
They will usually look for fellow-caregivers and their expectations about those caregivers will be very high. Deep down this behavior is a way of avoiding taking responsibility or facing life for themselves.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the existence of a dependency disorder identified?
The important signs to identify are: a constant expectation that others will guide him or her or decide or make important decisions for him or her, a feeling of being lost if there is no one who dictates what he or she should do, a feeling that the world will falter if no one is there to make decisions and experiencing difficulties in interpersonal relationships. However, the help of a professional is important to determine if these symptoms are related to a dependency disorder alone.
Why or how does dependent behavior arise?
Dependent Personality Disorder is formed in childhood. There is no specific pattern that determines the course of the disorder, however, the basis is found in the first relationships that form within the family environment. The important thing is that when it is identified it should be treated by mental health professionals to avoid the deterioration of the person's well-being.
Is it possible to eliminate the feeling of dependence when it already exists toward a person?
It is possible, but it is complicated. Just as physical illnesses require professional treatment and attention, mental health problems also require treatment. Receiving psychological and/or psychiatric care helps the person find different and more satisfying ways of relating to those around him or her.
Does the dependent personality only express these behaviors with a partner or spouse?
Generally, not. The person with a dependent personality exhibits the behavior with all significant relationships (relatives, close friends, co-workers, etc.).
Is it common to have a dependent personality when the person is indecisive and emotionally unstable?
These characteristics are part of the dependent personality, especially because this personality relegates decision-making and emotional response to other people, however, it is not that all people who are indecisive or emotionally unstable have a Dependent Personality Disorder. Professional care and evaluation is needed to determine the existence of this or another disorder.
Can the person with a dependent personality generate genuine love within a relationship or is it all based on their needs due to the dependence?
The existence of the disorder does not imply that relationships of genuine love cannot be had by the people who suffer from it, but because behaviors tend to upset the proper course of a relationship in which there is love; it can become unequal and the dependent person loses the ability to play an active role in the course of the relationship.
What do I do to avoid emotional dependence if I have already felt it in my old relationships?
If you believe that your most significant relationships have tended to be dependent, it is important that you receive professional attention from a mental health specialist. Caring for your emotional and relational well-being can lead to a meaningful and stable life.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.