In general mental disorders cannot be treated with medication alone, because medication treats its symptoms, but not the root of the problem. However, medication can reduce certain anxiety and depression related symptoms, which make it easier for a patient to practice in therapy. Regarding dependent personality disorder treatment medication can help reduce feelings of anxiety, panic, and depression, which make it easier for someone with Dependent PD to practice with new behaviour and to deal with childhood traumatic experiences.
A potential problem with medication is that people with dependent PD can get dependent on medication.
Psychotherapy is more effective than medication as dependent personality disorder treatment, but not more effective than a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Although little research has been done regarding the effectiveness of both psychotherapy and medication for treating DPD, it’s clear that therapy would be counter-effective if the patient becomes dependent on the therapist. Therefore, it’s important to keep therapy as short as possible and to restrict outside-session-contact-moments.
Dependent personality disorder treatment focuses on: