Ask an expert
Question

02 Aug 2011

Co dependancy and How it affects others
My sister has been diagnosed with Co-dependency and depression  she has been messed up her entire life well at least 17 years of it. My parents divorced and as kids she used to hit and punch me and try to control me or else.. She is now 30 and single with a kid and she still is very messed up. I feel that she has been incorrectly diagnosed as she is always emotional over the smallest stuff. She acts like she is 13 years old if not younger and its VERY hard to live with someone like this. How do you live with someone who has been diagnosed with the above, my mental health is at stake here and I just cannot seem to understand how to deal with her. I dont have issues but my sister is now latching onto my friends which is my escape from the home situation and its really annoying me too.
Answer 359 views
Expert
CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Depression is a disease, a disorder diagnosed according to specific internationally recognized and agreed criteria. Co-Dependency is a descriptiopn of an unhelpful way to behave. What you describe doesn't sound much like it, more, perhaps, spoiled and self-centred and impulsive.
You don't mention your age - do you really HAVE to live with her ?
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
32% - 9425 votes
No
68% - 19880 votes
Vote