Wikipedia defines Codependency as a behavioral condition in a relationship where one person enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.
Codependency can also be defined as any relationship in which two people become so invested in each other that they can’t function independently anymore, It can often feel like mood, happiness, and identity are defined by the other person. There is usually one person who is more passive and can’t make decisions for themselves, and a more dominant personality who gets some reward and satisfaction from controlling the other person and making decisions about how they will live.
Individuals who are codependent usually have past events from childhood that unknowingly affect some of their attitudes, behaviors and feelings in the present, often with destructive consequences.
The main consequence of being codependent, is that these individuals are so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves and often lose their own identity.
Awareness of codependent behaviors can be the first step in recovery. Therapy has been said to be the most effective treatment .Having a supportive professional help you to see your unhealthy behaviors and teach you to set boundaries will begin to set you free.