Signs of Codependency

In Psychiatry

Loved One Struggling with Codependency

Are You or a Loved One Struggling with Codependency?

It’s natural to feel a certain degree of dependence on a spouse, parent, friend, or other family member. A reciprocal relationship provides support and love while promoting a healthy emotional bond. However, there are instances when these relationships can become unhealthy and one-sided. Codependency is defined as a behavioral disorder that manifests as extreme reliance on someone, where the relationship enables issues like addiction, aggression, immaturity, or irresponsibility. Sometimes described as a “relationship addiction,” these types of relationships can lead to physical and emotional abuse.

Signs & Symptoms of Codependency

Codependency can take many different forms. People struggling with codependency may display a few signs of the disorder or many signs. Some of the most common indicators include:

  • Poor self-esteem – Many people with this disorder never feel like they are adequate enough. Feelings of being unlovable can worsen the codependency.
  • Caretaking – Codependency can manifest as excessive caretaking, where the person feels the need to “fix” or control the other person in the relationship.
  • Inability to say “no” – Individuals battling codependency have an extremely hard time saying no or refusing requests. Chronic people-pleasing and the fear of disappointing can cause severe anxiety.
  • Inability to set boundaries – All healthy relationships consist of boundaries, but a codependent may find it extremely difficult to draw a line between “mine” and “yours.” For this reason, codependents will often enable unhealthy behaviors physically, emotionally, and financially.

Treatment for Codependency 

Codependency can be a difficult disorder to recognize in oneself. Many people struggling with the condition simply see their behaviors as “love” or “commitment.” Being able to see how codependency can actually fuel unhealthy and abusive behaviors takes hard work and professional guidance.

At Texas Health and Counseling Group, we provide a safe, supportive environment where individuals can explore their behaviors and find the help they need. Through group counseling and individual counseling, it’s possible to cultivate healthy, lasting relationships. If you or a loved one is ready to get treatment for codependency, contact us today to schedule an appointment. With clinics in Arlington, Frisco, Hurst, Mckinney, and Richardson, the help you need is close to home.


Michael Caruso, D.Ed

1717 Precinct Line Road Hurst, TX 76054
Mental Health
A well-respected and beloved psychologist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Michael Caruso works for the Texas Health & Counseling Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With a specialty in the psychophysiology of pain, Dr. Caruso is a graduate of East Texas State University/Texas A&M commerce.

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