Co-dependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual's ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also known as "relationship addiction" because people with co-dependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive.


"I'm a slave"--Dependency

  • By IRespectYou · New reply November 17, 2013
  • 6 replies
  • I want to be independent. I can't become independent but can become less dependent. To begin to, I want to explain how I become dependent. Dependence is "the state of needing something or someone else ...

codependent GF

  • By Tawny_Z · Posted December 4, 2012
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  • My girlfriend has a codependent relationship with a former student. The woman wants to move in with my GF because she got kicked out of her lifelong friends house. She has a father who would taker her ...


  • By drrah · New reply May 14, 2012
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  • The membership literature notes codedependency as a diagnosis. It is not. That is, it is not listed in the DSM IV, therefore not professionally recognized as a mental disease,disorder or defect. The reason ...

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  • By zhuimengo (Inactive) · Posted December 27, 2011
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  • my health baidu ...


  • By beckdaye · New reply March 30, 2011
  • 3 replies
  • I have been diagnosed type 1 rapid cycle bipolar with a borderline personality disorder for 17 years now. Lately, along with taking my mental meds, I have started taking pain pills and xanax along with ...

Hey Can you Please Help Me

  • By LovelyBeauty · New reply July 23, 2010
  • 2 replies
  • hey everyone I'm an incest survivor. I'm just starting to understand myself i have been reading the Courage to Heal book and I found out that i am a codependent person. I was surprise that i didn't know ...

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