When in addiction treatment, you may learn that you’ve been self-medicating undiagnosed mental illness through drug or alcohol abuse. This is common. However, by learning what your root mental issues are, you can learn how to enjoy greater stability in your life without substance abuse. Quality addiction rehab programs provide dependent personality disorder treatment for these reasons.
What is dependent personality disorder?
Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a common personality disorder, although you may have never heard of it. Both men and women suffer this condition, starting in early adulthood or as adult relationships form. The condition has very specific symptoms that include a strong need to be around others and please them. People with DPD may seem clingy or needy.
Individuals with DPD also struggle to make decisions, even small ones as part of everyday life. They need constant advice and support from others. These individuals avoid adult responsibilities by acting helpless, weak, dependent or indecisive. In addition, they may have unhealthy relationships based on a fear of abandonment, seeking relationships one after the other to soothe devastation over breakups.
People with DPD are oversensitive to criticism. They lack self-confidence and are pessimistic about themselves, believing themselves incapable of taking care of their own needs. They avoid getting into conflicts because they fear losing approval of others.
The fear of being alone drives many people with DPD to stay in abusive, negative relationships. They watch out for the other person’s interests before their own to keep the relationship intact.
Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment and Causes
Medical professionals don’t know the causes of DPD. Researchers believe that a mix of factors cause development of the disorder. The factors include biology, development, temperament and psychology. Some scientists think having strict or overprotective guardians in childhood can cause DPD.
DPD is similar in symptoms to borderline personality disorder. In borderline personality disorder, a relationship’s end leads to rage and emptiness. A DPD person weathers a breakup by finding another immediate relationship in which to be dependent.
Dependent personality disorder treatment involves an initial evaluation by a doctor or therapist. A medical and psychological history provides some help in diagnosing DPD. The first goal is to rule out physical illness as the cause of the symptoms. Once a therapist has ruled out physical problems, he or she will make a diagnosis of the mental condition.
Dependent personality disorder treatment is very important because people with DPD may also suffer depression, anxiety, phobias and addiction. They’re also at high risk for exploitation and abuse. The mix of DPD with addiction and other mental health disorders form a high potential for dangerous consequences.
Dependent personality disorder treatment includes therapy. Counseling for DPD helps people with the condition understand their nature better. Additionally, it helps them learn how to make better choices for a more independent, fuller life. In fact, the right counseling can also help them prevent problems of depression, anxiety, fear or addiction.
Your Addiction and DPD
If you suffer addiction to alcohol or drugs, one of your underlying issues may be mental illness. Symptoms of DPD may sound familiar to you, making you wonder if you have DPD. Regardless of the type of mental illness you suffer, both that condition and your addiction can end together. You just need the right treatment in a quality rehab program.
Crestview Recovery in the Pacific Northwest provides addiction treatment with therapies that clients need for recovery from addiction and mental illness. This dual diagnosis treatment means you can have the healthier, balanced and stable life you want without substance abuse or the ups and downs of DPD or other conditions.
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If you or someone you love needs dual diagnosis treatment for lasting recovery from addiction, call Crestview Recovery now at 866.262.0531. The treatment you need is waiting for you.