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Codependency is a dysfunctional relationship dynamic in which one person sacrifices their needs and well-being for the other. This bond can occur between romantic partners, family members or friends and may contain an element of physical, sexual or emotional abuse

Triggers - The Causes

  • Caregiver(s) ignore a child's needs to focus on their own
  • Caregiver has a personality disorder
  • Controlling or overprotective caregiver(s) that doesn't allow a child to learn safe limits and boundary-setting
  • Fear of abandonment due to one or both parents leaving
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse


Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Deep need for approval from others
  • Self-worth depends on others’ opinions of you
  • Overburdening yourself to earn praise from a loved one or to help them
  • Tendency to take blame or apologize to keep the peace
  • Tendency to avoid conflict Pattern of ignoring / minimizing your own needs and desires
  • Habit of managing loved ones and taking decisions for them
  • Guilt / anxiety when doing something for yourself
  • Doing things you don’t want to in order to please others
  • Overwhelming fear of abandonment / rejection
  • Excessive concern about a loved one’s behavior / habits
  • Maintaining relationships that leave you unfulfilled

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Validating and protecting your own emotions
  • Making your own decisions
  • Individual or group therapy

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