What Is Emotional Attachment & When Does It Become Unhealthy?
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Originally Published: February 12, 2021
Original Author: Sasha Jackson, LCSW
Original Reviewer: Kristen Fuller, MD
Updated: October 17, 2022
Author: No Change
Reviewer: No Change
Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Types of Emotional Attachment”, revised “When Does Being Emotionally Attached Become Unhealthy?” and “How Do You “Break” an Emotional Bond With Someone?”. New material written by Eric Patterson, LPC, and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.