codependency


co·de·pen·den·cy

noun \-dən(t)-sē\

: a psychological condition in which someone is in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship that involves living with and providing care for another person (such as a drug addict or an alcoholic)

Full Definition of CODEPENDENCY

:  a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly :  dependence on the needs of or control by another

First Known Use of CODEPENDENCY

1979

co·de·pen·den·cy

noun \-dən-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural co·de·pen·den·cies

Medical Definition of CODEPENDENCY

: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another

codependency

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

An extreme dependency by one person on another who is suffering from an addiction. Common characteristics include low self-esteem coupled with a high need for approval. Not a formal psychiatric diagnosis, codependency is a psychological syndrome noted in relatives or partners of alcoholics or substance abusers.

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