A person with cluster C personality disorder struggles with persistent and overwhelming feelings of anxiety and fear. They may show patterns of behaviour most people would regard as antisocial and withdrawn. They fear personal relationships.
AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER
A person with an avoidant personality disorder appears painfully shy, is socially inhibited, feels inadequate and is extremely sensitive to rejection.
Unlike people with schizoid personality disorders they desire close relationships with others but lack the confidence and ability to form them.
DEPENDENT PERSONALITY DISORDER
A person with dependent personality disorder feels they have no ability to be independent. They may show an excessive need for others to look after them and are ‘clingy’. Other symptoms include:
Finding it difficult to make decisions without other people’s guidance.
Needing others to take responsibilities over what should be their own important life choices.
Not being able to express disagreement with other people.
Finding it difficult to start new activities due to a lack of confidence.
Going to extremes to obtain support and comfort.
Feeling helpless and uncomfortable when alone.
Urgently needing to start a new relationship once a previous relationship comes to an end.
Having an unrealistic and constant fear they will be left alone to fend for themselves.