Signs and Symptoms of Co-dependency

The symptoms of co-dependency are largely focused around a compulsion to put others' needs before your own, a tendency to develop relationships that are one-sided, abusive or destructive, and a fear of not being liked by others. This often causes co-dependent people to stay in abusive or unhealthy relationships. Rather than seeing the abuse that they are subjected to, co-dependent people will place the feelings of their abuser above themselves. They may even see the abuse as a result of their own failings as a partner.

As a leading, private behavioural health clinic for the treatment of co-dependency, Life Works is able to help you. We can answer any questions or concerns that you may have, and help you to find the right treatment.

If you are suffering with co-dependency, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.

Symptoms of co-dependence

  • You judge what you think, say or do harshly, and as never 'good enough'
  • Receiving recognition, praise or gifts embarrasses you
  • You don't ask others to meet your needs or wants
  • You value others' approval of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours over your own
  • You perceive yourself as an unlovable or unworthy person
  • You struggle to identify your own feelings
  • You minimise, alter or deny how you really feel
  • You perceive yourself as unselfish and fully dedicated to others' wellbeing
  • You perceive other people as unable to take care of themselves
  • You try to convince others of what they 'should' think and how they 'really' feel
  • You feel resentment towards people who won't let you help them
  • You give other people advice even if they haven't asked for your help
  • You have used sex to gain acceptance and approval
  • You need to be 'needed' to have relationships with people
  • You compromise your own values and integrity to avoid others' anger or rejection
  • You are fiercely loyal, and stay in dangerous or abusive situations for too long
  • You accept sex when you want love

Symptomatic denial

Denial is common and symptomatic of co-dependency, so you may deny that you have a problem both to yourself and to others, through:

  • Minimising the impact of your co-dependency on your health
  • Criticising those around you for making too much fuss about your relationships
  • Concealing your co-dependent behaviours and relationships from your friends or family
  • Placing the blame for your co-dependency on other people or situations in your life, such as "I devote myself to my friends and family but when I need help, no one is there for me", or "I do my best for people and I never get any thanks for it"

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Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of co-dependency. To discuss how we can help you, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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