Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is one of a group of conditions called anxious personality disorders, which are marked by feelings of nervousness and fear. DPD also is marked by helplessness, submissiveness, a need to be taken care of and for constant reassurance, and an inability to make decisions.
DPD is one of the most frequently diagnosed personality disorders. It appears to occur equally in men and women, and usually appears in early to middle adulthood.
the symptoms of a dependent personality disorder would be
Inability to make decisions, even everyday decisions, without the advice and reassurance of others
Avoidance of personal responsibility; avoidance of jobs that require independent functioning and positions of responsibility
Intense fear of abandonment and a sense of devastation or helplessness when relationships end; often move right into another relationship when one ends
Over-sensitivity to criticism
Pessimism and lack of self-confidence, including a belief that they are unable to care for themselves
Avoidance of disagreeing with others for fear of losing support or approval
Inability to start projects
Difficulty being alone
Willingness to tolerate mistreatment and abuse from others
Placing the needs of their caregivers above their own
Tendency to be naïve and to live in fantasy