Our expert says:
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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