Environmental dependency syndrome

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Environmental dependency syndrome,[1] also called Zelig syndrome or Zelig-like syndrome from the name of the protagonist of Woody Allen's Zelig,[2] is a syndrome where the affected individual relies on environmental cues in order to accomplish goals or tasks. It is a disorder in personal autonomy that is influenced by individual psychological traits and can be helped through the intervention of other people. For example, adults diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have relied on special coaches to provide cues at appropriate times, helping them to make decisions about how to prioritize and order tasks.


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  2. ^ Karlinsky, Harry (October 2007) [1983]. "Zelig: Woody Allen's classic film continues to impact the world of psychiatry [Zelig syndrome or Zelig-like syndrome]". Canadian Psychiatric Association. 3 (5). Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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