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Medical Term:

dependent personality disorder

 

Definition:

  1. an enduring and pervasive pattern in adulthood characterized by submissive and clinging behavior and excessive reliance on others to meet one's emotional, social, or economic needs.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): dependent personality

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