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A personality disorder is a long-standing and enduring pattern of behavior that differs from society's norm. Dependent personality disorder is one of the ten identified types, and it is classed within anxious personality disorders. The condition is characterized by submissiveness, excessive clinging, and the need to be taken care of by someone else. Personality disorders are typically incurable, but people can manage their symptoms and behaviors on their own or with help from a professional.

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1. Three Clusters

Personality disorders are grouped into three distinct clusters. Cluster A is characterized by appearing odd or eccentric. Examples include paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders. Cluster B is characterized by appearing dramatic, emotional, or erratic. Antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality disorders are included here. Dependent personality disorder belongs in cluster C, along with avoidant and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. These anxious personality disorders are, as the name implies, characterized by anxiousness or fearfulness.

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