Someone who is codependent has an extreme focus outside themselves. Their thoughts and actions revolve around other people, such as spouses or relatives. Codependency often appears in relationships which are unbalanced and unhealthy. A person with codependency often tries to save others from themselves. They may get hurt trying to “cure” a partner’s addictions or abusive behaviors. Codependency may lead a person to develop other mental health concerns such as anxiety. A therapist at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can help a person reduce codependent behaviors and develop healthier relationships.
When children are allowed to explore the world and make their own plans, they develop a sense of independence. When parents make all the decisions, children may learn to ignore their own desires. They can also learn to place others’ approval above their own needs.
These effects can last for years. A codependent child may lack confidence and struggle to make decisions as an adult. Without the help of Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl, the cycle of codependency may continue for another generation.
The caretaker often cares for their partner out of a sincere desire to help. Yet their behavior often enables their partner to continue their behavior. When the caretaker “saves” the partner from consequences, the partner often loses motivation to change. They may not seek the professional help they need. Without help of Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl, the addiction may get worse. That said, the caretaker is not to blame for the other person’s behavior. While codependency can contribute to someone refusing treatment, it is not the only cause.
If you think you may be codependent, you might wish to find a therapist at Star Point Counseling Center. A mental health professional can determine if your behaviors resemble codependency. They can also aid in treating any co-occurring mental health issues.