Dependent Personality Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Dependent Personality Disorder, Asthenic Personality Disorder Research, Personality Disorder, Dependency, Histrionic Personality, Borderline Personality, Narcissistic, Antisocial Personality Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Dependent Personality Disorder Related Research

Based on the critical review made by Goulet J. of Hospital Louis-H of Lafontaine, Montreal, Quebec on the reliability of diagnosing the presence of dependent personality disorder, the author strongly believes that the natural history of the disorder must be continually explored based on a systematic manner prior to making a conclusive therapy.

Adler found that the main goal of treating dependent personality disorder is to direct the person in regaining their adaptation capability, such as learning how to respond to changes in their environment and strengthening their interpersonal relationships. Autonomy has been defined to be the key towards liberation from dependency personality disorder, as it promotes a sense of independence. Furthermore it helps a person to learn to explore their alternatives to cope. 9 Persons with extreme anxiousness and behavioral disorder of dependency should work on building their strengths instead of fostering their neediness.

Moreover, group psychotherapy proved to be a more useful treatment method of helping individuals with dependent personality disorder. In a clinical research study made by Montgomery to dependent individuals who use medications due to chronic complaints caused by their nervousness and insomnia, about 90% of them discontinued taking their drug medication and learned to confront their anger through group psychotherapy session.

The same result was extracted from the research made by Sadoff and Collins who administered a weekly group therapy to a number of persons with dependent personality disorder manifesting a passive-dependent trait. The weekly group psychotherapy session helped the subjects cope with their suppressed feelings and they were able to learn dealing with mixed emotional responses with less help from medications.

Some clinical research studies conducted through a weekend long group psychotherapy session showed that although a group of dependent personality disordered individuals were able to feel anxiousness they were reportedly able to accept their own feelings through the help of group therapy sessions.

To date, although several clinical researches and studies were conducted in using drug treatment, the effectiveness of medication in treating dependent personality disorder remains to be unfounded. Most researchers believe that pharmacological interventions are only needed once an individual manifests anxiety syndromes and an inability to cope with stress. Drug therapy remains to be an important adjunct supportive therapy to dependent personality disorder but cannot directly treat the personality disorder.

Patients with anxiety symptoms showed significant improvements from depression using drug therapy through imipramine intake or psychotherapeutic intervention. Patients with mild anxiety and depression symptoms and those with obsessive personality were responsive from a 10-week drug treatment on antidepressant drugs: dothiepin and diazepam. However there was little evidence on the long term effectiveness of drug treatment with dependent personality disorder. Some researchers found that dependent personality disorder is not mostly amenable with pharmacological treatment and is found to be more responsive with verbal therapies than any medication.

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder – Disregard of Other People’s Rights, Deceit, Manipulation
Avoidant Personality Disorder – Social Inhibition, Feeling of Inadequacy, Sensitivity to Evaluation, Avoidance of Social Interaction
Borderline Personality Disorder – Instability in Mood, Psychosis, Schizophrenia
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Self Centeredness, Need for Admiration, Grandiosity, Lack of Empathy
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder – Obsession for Perfection, Abiding by Rules, Compulsiveness
Paranoid Personality Disorder – Long Standing Suspiciousness, Maladaptive Behavior