Our expert says:
Sounds like he could, indeed, be a difficult person to live with. The dependent personality disorder is probably pretty obvious to you.
He sounds like a good example of what we call abnormal sickness behaviour. Many of us have chronic severe pain, but most of us ( furtunately ! ) don't choose to behave the way he does about it !
Pain and depression feed each other. Each makes the other worse, and treatment needs to address both components.
I know it feels bad for you to have pulled the plug, but it might actually potentially help him. Behaving as he has been choosing to do, when facied with problems, is only possible when you have a nice, kind, person around who will take up the slack and enable you to indulge in this maladaptive behaviour. He should see a psychologist with experience in such problems, and embark on energetic rehab
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