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Single-person dependent personality disorder Single-person dependent personality disorder
by Joseph Gatt
2020-11-12 09:01:03
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Another medical paper.

Dependent personality disorder is a well-known and well-studied condition, one where an individual has huge anxiety problems when left alone. The individual's anxiety when left alone can include psychosomatic symptoms. That is an individual left alone will have trouble breathing, perhaps an increased heart rate, and can experience nausea, headaches, anorexia, insomnia, hypersomnia or other issues.

But what I will discuss here is a little known spin-off of dependent personality disorder: the single-personal dependent personality disorder.

diso001_400Many people might think that single-person personality disorder involves a man who has too much of a romantic attachment to a woman, or a woman who has too much of a romantic attachment to a man, and that the absence of the romantic partner can trigger anxiety issues.

But single-person personality disorder can involve romantic relationships, or can simply involve two friends where one friend can be anxious when the other friend is not around.

How many times have I (or you) met someone who “invades” your house, refuses to leave, and when he or she does leave, they can go a day without calling you several times and suggesting that you hang out. And when you refuse to pick up the phone, they assault you with a series of text messages, all alarmist, almost delusional.

So what is single-person dependent personality disorder?

It is when a man (or a woman) is so dependent to the relationship (friendship or romantic) with another person that they develop severe anxiety issues in the absence of the other partner.

Symptoms include:

-The person constantly hanging out with you.

-The person not discussing any other person/people in your presence.

-The person imposing activities and events to attend.

-The person assuming that you are always free to hang out.

-The person treating the friendship as an exclusive friendship (you are not allowed to invite anyone else to hang out) or the romantic relationship as an exclusive relationship (you are not allowed to hang out with other friends).

-The person shows deep signs of anxiety when you don't inform them where you are, what you are doing, or when you show signs that you no longer want to hang out.

-The person starts controlling your day to day activities, or imposing orders (such as that you quit your job, or that you make certain purchases, or that you do certain activities).

Aggravating signs can include:

-Violent behavior when you take distances.

-Being paranoid that you want to leave the relationship

-Desperate behavior when you take distances, such as attempting to break your door, camping outside your house, or other forms of stalking.

The dangers of single-person dependent personality disorder

-People with this personality disorder can go very far to please the person they develop a dependence for.

-Girls and boys for example can accept to engage in self-destructive behavior, including drug use or acting in pornographic movies or films, just to stay in the relationship.

-Girls and boys tend to give in to blackmail very easily just to stay in the relationship.

-Girls and boys can give up vast sums of money just to stay in the relationship.

-Girls and boys can cut contacts with the rest of the world just to stay in the relationship.

Causes of single-person dependence personality disorder

No single group seems to be more affected than another. Often found among boys and girls, men and women who have a deep-held belief that friendship should be limited to one single person and should be exclusive, and should be very co-dependent.


Social therapy and group therapy tends to do the trick. The kind of group therapy where the individual is taught how to interact with society at large and to avoid exclusive relationships because of the dangers they pose to health and well-being.

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