For many women, the ability to balance independence with dependency is easily managed. However, for women suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD), the challenge to function independently can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there DPD can be treated. One setting in which women with DPD can find effective treatment in a comfortable atmosphere is a women\u2019s mental health retreat. Dependent personality disorder is more common among women than men, but because people with DPD do not tend to seek treatment, accurate estimates for just how common this disorder may be are not available. A peaceful environment that focuses on holistic care, such as a women\u2019s mental health retreat, may help more women struggling with this disorder get proper treatment. The symptoms of DPD include a set of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that can be described as \u201cclingy\u201d or excessively needy. Women with DPD typically: \tStruggle to make decisions without input from others \tFeel unable to disagree with others \tNeed others to take responsibility for major areas of their life \tPanic when relationships end \tWorry excessively about being abandoned \tAre willing to tolerate inappropriate or even abusive treatment from others due to fear that refusing to do so will result in abandonment \tDislike or fear being alone \tHave severely low self-confidence For women struggling with these issues, treatment can be difficult, especially because a key component of this disorder involves passivity. In an out-patient treatment setting, women with DPD would be at risk of recreating the symptoms of the disorder in their relationship with the treatment provider. When possible, a women\u2019s mental health retreat may be the best setting for tackling these issues. Women with DPD may be at risk for other disorders, including anxiety, depression, and in some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms of DPD can be anxiety-provoking, and the internal conflict between yearning for healthy independence while feeling shackled by the fears and limitations of DPD can lead to depression. In addition, DPD places women at risk for becoming victims of domestic violence or spousal abuse. In these cases, medications to address the anxiety and\/or depression may be prescribed, but medications are not usually a first line treatment for DPD. Living with DPD is difficult, but treatment can make a world of difference. If you suspect you may have DPD, seek help. It is possible to grow, change, and live more independently, but treatment is the key.