"Also known as Co-Addiction, codependency is often misunderstood as to what it is and what the term means. The term is overused, often incorrectly, in popular culture, TV and movies. Codependency simply means that you are a person who, now or in the past, has lived with someone who has an addiction or any significant personal characteristic that impacts others. Living with an addict is a classic example. However, there are many conditions that bring about a codependent manner of responding. For example, living with someone who is very controlling, mentally ill, disabled, or has any condition that impacts others can create codependency. Living with someone who has an impactful condition REQUIRES a method of coping! The primary coping method used by codependents is, believing they are responsible for others feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and ultimately their conditions and situations. The coping methods used, especially from childhood, become a way of being in all relationships. This way of becoming destructive to the health of the relationship and all people involved in the relationship. This happens without the codependent person knowing that they are causing themselves and others difficulty. Untreated codependency often results in broken relationships, depression, anxiety, extreme burnout, irritability, chronic resentment, and responding to life"s situations from a victim stance instead of an empowered position.Many of the characteristics of codependency are seemingly positive traits. In fact, they are even sought-after traits taught by teachers and parents. Nevertheless, they cause the codependent person to suffer greatly. In actuality, the traits of codependency that seem positive are actually something entirely different from what they look like."
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