About codependency

– when caring becomes a compulsion

Codependency is a compulsive disorder that can lead to an individual developing an unhealthy reliance on people or things for their emotional needs. Originally, the term ‘codependent’ as used to describe partners who were in a relationship with, a person suffering from addiction. Similar patterns can exist in relationships with individuals who are chronically ill. However, the term has now broadened to describe any codependent person. ‘Codependents’ always have good intentions. They may try to care for a person who is experiencing difficulties, but their care becomes self-defeating as it only enables destructive behaviour to continue.