What is it?

Codependency is a pattern of behavior in which an individual excessively relies on another person for their emotional needs, often to the point of sacrificing their own needs and well-being. Codependency can occur in a variety of relationships, including romantic partnerships, family relationships, and friendships.

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Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of codependency can vary but may include difficulty making decisions, low self-esteem, an intense fear of abandonment, a need for control, and a tendency to prioritize others' needs over one's own. Codependent individuals may also have difficulty setting boundaries, saying no, and expressing their own thoughts and feelings.

Diagnosis

Codependency is not recognized as a mental health disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, mental health professionals may use clinical interviews and questionnaires to assess an individual's codependent behaviors and patterns.

Treatment

Codependency is not recognized as a mental health disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, mental health professionals may use clinical interviews and questionnaires to assess an individual's codependent behaviors and patterns.

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