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Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD) is a mental illness resulting in clingy and submissive behavior, fear of separation, and reliance upon others. The patient feels helpless and unable to cope independently, and seeks to transfer total responsibility for their situation or well-being onto another. People who suffer from this disorder tend to avoid professional positions of responsibility or independent occupations. They also become anxious or agitated when they are faced with even trivial decisions or certain routines.
Normally, patients who suffer from this disorder often maintain a very small number of relationships, choosing people who provide for them within an environment which protects them from having to take responsibility. They are also at an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, and abuse at the hands of others. Living with a person who suffers from DPD can be a frightening, frustrating, and destructive experience, yet, even though it is a common issue, very few people have even heard of it.
A guardian or loved one of someone with dependent personality disorder can develop a growing sense of anger and resentment, as the caretaker may feel that someone who should be a capable adult should not act like a helpless child. While it may seem easier to continue to care for and provide for a person with DPD in the short run, in the long run, the enabling may do more harm than good to everyone involved.
The aim of Avalon Malibu is to help people with this condition using what is considered to be the most effective treatment: talk therapy. A person diagnosed with DPD does not trust their own ability to make decisions, however, improvements are usually seen after long term therapy, where the client is able to make more independent choices in life. The goal of our staff is to prevent further deterioration, learn and regain new adaptive skills, and alleviate symptoms. Treatment also teaches stress management, and improving relationships and interpersonal skills. Additionally, our staff will focus on teaching autonomy (a capacity for independence) and current life problems.
Those with Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD) are often needy and require constant attention, validation, and social contact. Therapeutic gains may be hard to attain because persons with DPD may only be passively compliant. The client may also become dependent upon his/her therapist. We are very careful of this development at Avalon Malibu, and establish productive boundaries that must be adhered to.
At the Grand House, we offer beautifully appointed, mostly single private rooms. Each room has its own scenic view with access to the beach on the Pacific Ocean. One of our specialties relies upon the Buddhist inspired approach to treatment, including meditation training. We also offer a special family program in person or through Skype, where weekly sessions explore family dynamics.
While wandering the beautiful gardens of the Grand House, our clients can find the answers to such questions as: “who am I?”, “what is my passion?”, “do I like myself?” and more. With the powerful, peaceful influence of nature surrounding the Grand House, Avalon Malibu’s clientele embark upon a journey of inspiration, acquiring tools to change their lives in a positive way, for a lifetime.