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How Codependency Develops in Young Adulthood: Part 3 of a Series | Gena D. Richardson

Codependency can continue into adulthood, and it can have a significant impact on a person's relationships, career, and overall well-being. Codependent adults may experience some of the same signs and symptoms as codependent children and adolescents, such as difficulty making decisions, fear of abandonment, and a need for constant validation. However, there are some additional challenges that codependent adults may face, such as:
  • Difficulty maintaining healthy romantic relationships: Codependent adults may have difficulty finding and maintaining healthy romantic relationships. They may be attracted to partners who are unavailable or emotionally unavailable, or they may have difficulty setting boundaries and asserting their needs in relationships.

  • Difficulty in the workplace: Codependent adults may have difficulty in the workplace, especially in leadership positions. They may be overly concerned with pleasing others and avoiding conflict. They may also have difficulty delegating tasks and trusting their colleagues.

  • Increased risk of mental health problems: Codependent adults are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. They may also be more likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as substance abuse or disordered eating.

Treatment for codependency in adults

Treatment for codependency in adults is similar to treatment for codependency in children and adolescents. However, there are some specific issues that may be addressed in therapy, such as:

  • Developing healthy romantic relationships: A therapist can help codependent adults identify the patterns that are leading to unhealthy relationships. They can also help adults develop the skills and confidence they need to build and maintain healthy relationships.

  • Setting boundaries and asserting needs in the workplace: A therapist can help codependent adults to learn how to set boundaries and assert their needs in the workplace. They can also help adults to develop leadership skills and to trust their colleagues.

  • Addressing mental health problems and self-destructive behaviors: If a codependent adult is struggling with mental health problems or self-destructive behaviors, a therapist can help them develop healthy coping mechanisms and to get the treatment they need.

Conclusion

Codependency can be a difficult condition to overcome, but it is possible with the right support. Codependent adults can learn to develop healthy relationships, succeed in the workplace, and live fulfilling lives.


Note: This is just part 3 of a series on codependency across the lifespan. Be sure to check back for future posts on this topic.

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