Giving up one’s personal needs and wants to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is codependent has an unreasonable focus outside themselves. Their thoughts and actions revolve around other people, such as partner, kids, friends or relatives. Codependency often appears in relationships when it is unbalanced and unhealthy. A person with codependency often tries to save others. They may get hurt trying to “cure” a partner’s addictions or abusive behaviors and have resentments. Codependency does not qualify as a mental health diagnosis. Yet it can still cause severe distress. Codependency may lead a person to develop other mental health concerns such as anxiety. A therapist can help a person reduce codependent behaviors and develop healthier relationships and boundaries.