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What is the Codependent Disorder?

Suffering from codependent disorder canbe either visible or covert. Namely, pathologically selfless people,who leave all the joys of their life in order to spend time helpingothers, who usually are alcoholics and/or drug abusers, are usuallypeople suffering from this disorder. It is also characterized bypassivity and a condition of suppressed emotions. Codependent peopleeither show that they are unhappy with what they are doing, or act tobe happy and satisfied while being miserable on the inside or, quiteusually, are drug abusers or alcoholics themselves.

Codependency, being a negative state ofmind which usually proves to be quite self-destructive, needs to betreated timely and effectively. There is a set of issues which needtaking care of in order to release yourself or someone you love fromthe clutches of this disorder. Read on to learn how to recognize aperson with codependency disorder and find adequate treatment forthis individual.

Signs of Codependent Behavior

As it was mentioned above, the firstsign of codependency is neglecting yourself and your own desires,sacrificing it all for someone else, focusing on what this personneeds instead of asking yourself what you need. Similarly, thesepeople, when faced with attention and caring, feel unsafe and expressnegative emotions.

These people cannot be alone and needto spend time helping other people “in need”. These people, whoare the focus of codependent individuals, usually have addictionproblems. Strangely, every time the object of their codependentobsession suffers, they feel devastated and directly responsible.

Amazingly, these people will usuallylook strong and confident on the outside, while, at the same timebeing scared and lost on the inside, desperately needing help.Finally, all these symptoms, and this disorder in general, usuallystem from childhood, where this person has likely been neglected orabused.

Also, these people are incapable offunctioning alone, let alone having decisions carried outindividually. Rather, they need a person who can control them. Thus,they can hardly get into arguments or struggle to express theiropinion.

Codependent disorder can also becombined with various other conditions. Anxiety, depression,alcoholism or drug abuse are the most common ones. Therefore, thesepeople are unhappy in the depths of their being, seeking refugethrough alcohol and drugs whenever they have contact with suchpeople.

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