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Co-dependency is a relationship pattern where an individual is overly involved and hooked into another, maybe even a loved one. Often there is a willing sacrifice or giving over of self for the other’s needs at the expense of one’s own. A person might also act out of a belief that if they do things that violate their boundaries it will reduce the overwhelming emotions of feeling ‘unlovable’.  Co-dependency is shown in many ways, such as enabling a partner, losing one’s own identity, and feeling responsible for their happiness.

Common Symptoms:

  • Do you prioritize the needs of others over your own?

  • Do you struggle to establish boundaries in your relationships?

  • Do you feel accountable for the happiness of those around you?

  • Is it challenging for you to identify and express your own emotions and needs?

  • Do you have a fear of abandonment or rejection?

Underlying Causes:

Codependency might reflect a history of traumatic experiences – such as childhood abuse or neglect – or it might reveal a history of troubled relationships, especially those where a partner has been abusive. Social anxiety, attachment disorders, and personality disorders are also implicated in codependency.

Treatment Approaches:

Treatment of codependency can benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and more. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapy or psychoanalytic therapy might be helpful, as treatment aims to address the origins of codependency and to furnish techniques for coping with it. These techniques can contain mindfulness, emotional regulation, and learning to build assertive skills.

If you’re struggling with codependency and wondering how to tackle it yourself, it’s crucial to work with a therapist to uncover the underlying causes and find a treatment course that works for you.

At Global Therapy Inc., our trained therapists will work with you as you unravel your own co-dependency and develop techniques to foster healthy, balanced relationships.

Book an appointment and start on your journey to better mental health.

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