WHAT IS CODEPENDENCY?

Codependency is an emotional disorder that causes sufferers to ignore their own needs while constantly fulfilling the needs of others. A sufferer may forfeit his or her own well-being and values in the pursuit of assisting someone else, and this can look many different ways.  For instance, after experiencing relationship trauma, such persons are vulnerable to forming unhealthy relationships due to feelings of low self-worth.  This is a feature of codependency.  Codependents often enter relationships with individuals who are irresponsible, emotionally detached or excessively needy. Such relationships are likely to be emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. As a result, codependents tend to be downtrodden and oppressed in their relationships.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF CODEPENDENCY?

Individuals suffering from codependency will repress their emotions and needs to the point that they are subjected to relationship trauma and extremely low self-esteem.  If unaddressed, codependency continues, causing individuals to recklessly cope with their emotions by abusing sex, food, money, alcohol, or drugs. Those who seek emotional relief in food can develop eating disorders without realizing the transition.

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COEUR D’ALENE COUNSELING CAN HELP

At Coeur d’Alene Counseling, we help patients look beyond their symptoms and consider the emotional and relational trauma behind codependency in order to better understand their unhealthy coping mechanisms.  Codependency and its attendant issues are addressed everyday at Coeur d’Alene Counseling in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

To learn more about help with codependency, call (208) 755-7114.