Drs. Ryan and Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioners located in Scottsdale, AZ, are well-versed in codependence treatment through the utilization of medication management and psychotherapy. Please contact us to discuss our treatment options and availability!
What is codependence?
Codependence is type of dysfunctional relationship style that often forms in survivors of emotional, physical, or sexual trauma. Individuals who are codependent tend to make decisions and form their personal identity based upon their relationship to external objects. This process, known as externalization, is classically in relation to other people but can also be with other external objects such as drugs or food. Because of the tendency to have insecure attachments with others, individuals with codependency often lose their sense of self and feel as though they are no longer in control of their own lives.
One example of a codependent relationship is a woman who is always placing the needs of her significant other before her own. This can be something as simple as always allowing or depending upon her significant other to make decisions such as where to eat dinner or where to go on vacation. Although the aim is often to make others happy and to avoid conflict, over time these instances can lead to the individual developing resentment, causing isolation and symptoms of mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
What about codependence treatment?
A codependent relationship style is often a major underlying contributing factor to individuals with mental health disorders. Mental health providers can help address codependency by teaching patients to develop coping skills such as setting boundaries in order to more effectively express their own personal needs. Making needs known is an important skill to have in order to maintain healthy relationships. Because individuals with codependent relationship styles tend to be victims of psychological and physical abuse, trauma-oriented psychotherapies such as eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) can be highly beneficial. Peer-support groups, such as Codependents Anonymous (CoDA) can offer a great deal of support for individuals with codependency.
Although there are no known medications specifically used to “treat” codependency, your provider may prescribe you medication if you have a co-occuring mental health problem.