Do you think you or someone you know has codependency issues? We put together this short codependency quiz to help you discover if you may be exhibiting symptoms and characteristics of the disorder.
More On Codependency
Codependency is characterized as a dysfunctional helping relationship in which one partner is solely focused on helping the other. Usually, this help is focused on the other partner’s issues with addiction, alcoholism, poor mental health, immaturity or under-achievement.
Codependents may also find themselves in the role of ‘rescuer’ or ‘savior’ to the other partner, which ends up being unhealthy for both parties. The codependent partner assumes responsibility and accountability for the partner’s actions. Often accepting blame for the mistakes of the partner as their own. This toxic combination allows the codependent to feel in control and the partner to feel free from blame. This relationship dynamic hurts both partners as the codependent loses a sense of self and the partner doesn’t learn to take care of themselves.
Symptoms of Codependency
- A pattern of unstable personal relationships.
- Inability to be alone for any extended period.
- Chronic boredom and emptiness.
- Self-sacrificing nature.
- The overwhelming need for love and affection.
- Control issues.
- Dishonesty and denial.
- Low self-worth.
Treatment For Codependency
Treatment modalities for codependency focus on therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectic behavioral therapy. The goal for treatment is to help codependents learn to let go of the need to control others and focus on self-care and healthier attachment styles. Additionally, support groups exist around the world such as CoDa (codependents anonymous).
Prognosis For Codependency
Studies show that codependents may find themselves victim to alcoholism, drug abuse, sex addiction, eating disorders or other self-destructive behaviors. Codependents may continue to experience abusive relationships and are more likely to partner with other disordered individuals such as those with narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder. Without treatment, some codependents may progress to having social anxiety, social phobias, panic disorder, PTSD or depression.