Dependent Personality Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Dependent Personality Disorder Treatments are Available?

Prevention of mental deterioration is one of the major goals of treating the narcissistic, extreme anxiousness and clinging, and dependency behaviors seen in persons with dependent personality disorder. An attempt should be made to bring adaptive equilibrium and balance to the person’s mental statem, while learning skills to improve their capacity to adapt to the different emotional and mental changes of learning to withdraw from their inclination towards too much dependency.

The most common effective adaptive method employed in treating dependent personality disorder is through psychotherapy. Such treatment helps an individual learn how to develop a coping mechanism that helps regulate their mental and emotional states while learning to manage distress in a more appropriate manner.

Psychotherapy is a form of counseling being the main treatment choice for dependent personality disorder. This helps the individual to begin learning the process of being independent, while developing a healthy interpersonal relationship with others. The main form of psychotherapy treatment on its short term goal is the ideal treatment for dependent personality disorder, since long term treatment can lead to dependency towards the therapist. Group psychotherapy is an effective treatment that helps individuals learn to express their thoughts and feelings to a support group. It helps one learn to resolve conflicting emotions and to gradually withdraw from dependency towards others and learn to build self esteem and self worth through the help of peers.

Drug therapy is also an important adjunct treatment for dependent personality disorder, especially to individuals who manifest extreme anxiety and weak coping mechanisms to stressful conditions. Drug therapy should be closely monitored to avoid the development of dependency of the person to drugs, which can also possibly lead to drug abuse and drug dependency. Anti-anxiety drugs are the common medications applicable to the pharmacological support treatment of dependent personality disorder.

Could You Have Dependent Personality Disorder?

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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