In this article we are going to touch on personality and what the criteria are for a personality disorder. Then we will explore further how to gain personality before going into depth about dependent personality disorder.
Dependent Personality Disorder
TherapySupportive therapy forms the backbone of dependent personality disorder management. A therapist can enable better understanding, containment and help with problem-solving. Targeted therapies such as CBT can help with assertiveness training and improving self-confidence. Sometimes behaviour exercises, challenging cognitive distortions form part of the therapy.
MedicationMedication is not considered a first-line treatment option for dependent personality disorder. When medication is used, it’s often for a co-occurring condition such as depression.
Personality disorders by their very nature cause distress. The goal of treatment is to reduce distress and instil hope. People with dependent personality disorder or traits can learn ways to cope with their distress, challenge their underlying thought patterns and ways of being. It’s possible for these people to lead happy and emotionally fulfilling lives. If you or someone you know has or thinks they may have a dependent personality disorder contact our team. Appointments are available with our psychologists and psychiatrists.