dependent personality disorder

dependent personality disorder
[DSM-IV] a personality disorder marked by an excessive need to be taken care of, with submissiveness and clinging and preoccupation with fears of being abandoned; features include need for advice and reassurance in decision making, yielding of responsibility, initiative, and independence, avoidance of disagreement for fear of loss of support, voluntarily undertaking unpleasant tasks to ensure further care, and discomfort or helpless feelings when alone, with an indiscriminate rush to a new relationship.

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