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What are the treatments for dependent personality disorder?

This film is part of the series "How To Treat Dependent Personality Disorder"

How To Treat Dependent Personality Disorder

Rhoda Hahn (Psychiatrist) gives expert video advice on: What are the treatments for dependent personality disorder?

What are the treatments for dependent personality disorder?

There aren't any known treatments that consistently work for the disorder itself. I think some psychotherapy can be very helpful in terms of helping the patient develop self-confidence. It may be that, during the course of psychotherapy, the person transfers their dependence from the dependee to the therapist, which would have its own risks. As a therapist, however, you would be invested in having the person slowly break away from you, whereas the dependee may not have that same investment. Since these patients are prone to anxiety and mood disorders, it is appropriate that they be treated for these on a separate level.