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Posted by: Shellz | 2011-11-29

Anxiety VS Co Dependancy

Can anxiety be form of co dependancy or more so can Axiety be a co dependency.

I have a friend who is constantly getting depressed due to stress at work and he then gets depressed as he thinks he isnt going to ever have a happy relationship?

its like he uses that for reassurance or something.

insight please?

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Expert ImageCyberShrink

Anxiety can't. It is itself. Anxious people, of course, like anyone else, are free to become co-dependent in either direction.
But why does everyone sound so helpless in this story ? with CBT or similar counselling, he could conquer his stress, anxiety and depression at work, amd gain self-confidence in relationships.
Yes, as you imply, problems can become habits ( and this is where CBT is especially useful ) and people may find the problem a handy excuse to prevent them from trying useful things they're scared they might fail at.
Co-dependency is what some people do which encourages a partner or pal to remain unwell, and its not clear from your message who might be doing this to him

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Posted by: Shellz | 2011-11-30

Thanks for the reply - Ok so that’ s good that Anxiety is itself! Lets assume this friend is going for therapy on medication and is doing CBT but is constantly still depressed and anxious etc, what could the next best thing be to help resolve this? Please can you explain in layman’ s terms what exactly CBT is (I know its Cognitive Behavioural Therapy –  But what is that and why would they use this specific type of therapy for people suffering from anxiety, how is it used) and what the point of this therapy is, is it like a therapy who are people suffering from anxiety are “ trained”  to respond differently instead of freaking out and being anxious

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011-11-30

Anxiety can't. It is itself. Anxious people, of course, like anyone else, are free to become co-dependent in either direction.
But why does everyone sound so helpless in this story ? with CBT or similar counselling, he could conquer his stress, anxiety and depression at work, amd gain self-confidence in relationships.
Yes, as you imply, problems can become habits ( and this is where CBT is especially useful ) and people may find the problem a handy excuse to prevent them from trying useful things they're scared they might fail at.
Co-dependency is what some people do which encourages a partner or pal to remain unwell, and its not clear from your message who might be doing this to him

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Posted by: More info pls | 2011-11-29

He is realistic. If he is srtessed and depressed about work he is unlikely to have a happy relationship, are you interested in him?
Do you want him to become dependant on you? Maybe he is anxoius about you wanting him and uses the being too busy at work to let you down gently as he is not interested?

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