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We are proud to announce the opening of our fourth Residential Facility: Cheyenne House
D'Amore is now in Network with MHN Health Net Insurance
D'Amore is now in Network with MHN Health Net Insurance
Dependent Personality Disorder


Practical Help for Dependent Personality Disorder

Whether you or a loved one suffer from the complex dependent personality disorder (DPD), D’Amore Mental Health can help.  We offer a range of specialized treatment programs.

These include including group counseling, equine therapy, family therapy, and esketamine therapy. Together, we will choose the type of therapy that best provides effective help for your DPD.  Our residential psychiatric facilities are safe, clean, and bright. Our goal is to offer our patients the best possible experience and support in the best possible environment.

Recognizing and Diagnosing Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder is characterized as a personality disorder. Occurring in both men and women equally, it may start to appear in early adulthood. People who experience this mental health illness exhibit an extreme form of attachment and dependence towards others, in particular loved ones.

It becomes difficult, if not impossible, for them to make any decision in life without the assistance of another person. In some cases, the disorder can be extremely debilitating, leading the sufferer to total inaction and retreat from society.

To diagnose this type of disorder, it is necessary to look at some specific signs. For example, the sufferer may display a complete inability to make even the simplest, most mundane decision. They can also present a strong avoidance towards adult responsibilities and, in general, an adult lifestyle. 

The majority of DPD sufferers also display an extreme fear of abandonment and loneliness. This can be particularly harmful, as it sometimes means that they are willing to be subject to abuse or other forms of mistreatment just to avoid being left alone.

Causes of Dependent Personality Disorder

There is no clear consensus among Mental health experts of what exactly causes DPD.  Like most mental health conditions, they theorize that the disorder can be attributed to a combination of genetics, environment, and development. 

However, there is some commonality among people diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder.  DPD is more common in people who have experienced: 

Abusive Relationships

Family history of DPD or Anxiety Disorders

Childhood Trauma

Certain cultural and religious practices that promote reliance on authority

Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD)

Someone with a dependent personality disorder may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:

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Avoiding Responsibility

Difficulty Being Alone

Fear of Abandonment

Oversensitivity to Criticism


Lack of Self-Confidence

Difficulty Making Decisions

Professional Knowledge, Caring Attitude

The expert clinical team of therapists, physicians, and nurses at D’Amore Mental Health have a strong understanding of dependent personality disorder. For this reason, they are in the best possible position to develop a fully personalized treatment plan.

By coupling medical skills and expertise with a caring, welcoming attitude towards its patients, the clinical team has treated many DPD sufferers in the Orange County area.

Find out more about our range of specialized treatment programs. One or a combination of these can be used successfully to treat DPD:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Strategic Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Positive Psychology

Our “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program

Experiential Therapy

Strategic Family Therapy

Play Therapy

Integrative Functional Medicine

Reality Therapy


How Does the Process Work?

Would you like to begin a specialized treatment for DPD? Or perhaps you want to send us an inquiry about a loved one? Either way, you will need to follow our quick and easy process.

Our goal is to ease the patient into the therapeutic path that has been agreed upon.

Step 1: Contact Us By Filling out Our Online Form

The first step to start treatment is getting in touch with us. You can do so by completing and submitting our online form. This is required in order to verify your insurance coverage.

Step 2: Wait for Your Free Insurance Verification

Once we have received your query, a member of our team will get in contact with you to let you know about the outcome of your insurance coverage verification. Please note that we do not accept Medicaid or MediCal.

Step 3: Arrange a Meeting With Our Clinical Team

If you are ready to move ahead with your treatment, we will schedule an informal and confidential meeting with our clinical team. During this meeting, we will discuss your condition together and develop a treatment plan that is wholly customized to your needs.

Step 4: Plan for Your Stay at Our Facilities

You will be welcome to stay as an inpatient at our beautiful facilities in Orange County. The type and duration of your stay will have been previously agreed upon with you.