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what is separation anxiety

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Dr. Stefania Lima
8 years experience Pediatrics
See answer: It's a normal part of development, and it usually happens around 8-9 months of age and may last until a year or so. The child experiences anxiety when ... Read More
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Dr. Matthew Keener
15 years experience Child Psychiatry
The "camp cries": Often really seen for the first time when kids go away to camp separation anxiety is when a child has an overwhelming anxiety response when separated ... Read More
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
In infancy: Separation anxiety is a normal developmental milestone at 9-12 months that means your baby has " object permanence, " a mental representation of someo ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Berman
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Psychotherapy: I recommend that you find a trusted psychologist/therapist with whom you can understand the causes of your separation anxiety (e.g. Early trauma, negl ... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Several things: I assume you mean what happens with a child when his or her parents leave? Many believe this has to do with the reactions upon departure and the chil ... Read More
Dr. Valerie Hines
16 years experience Pediatrics
Normal at 8-14 mo: Separation anxiety refers to a developmental stage in which a child experiences anxiety due to separation from the primary care giver (usually the mot ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Does he really have: Separation anxiety or is he overly dependent? Is he addicted to you? Well, this is an issue that he has to be willing to address. He might want to s ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: For various reasons in their development, adults can experience separation anxiety. They may not feel capable of managing in the world without the p ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Emotional growth: The newborn enters a world of people who cater to their needs. Early on every new face is a challenge to be explored. About 6-9mo, babies begin to rea ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Patience & comfort: Infants become aware of the difference between primary caregivers and others @ 6-9 mo. Sadly, their brains don't allow them to realize you exist when ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Encourage : That person to consider therapy (such as psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy).
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience Child Psychiatry
Anxiety is normal to: Help us be aware of possible danger. Separation anxiety occurs in some when away from support persons. Anxiety disorder occurs if anxiety causes distr ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Ho
Dr. Andrew Ho answered
29 years experience Psychiatry
Training: Work from very short to longer separation. No surprises. Don't give in when crying starts. Come back after crying stops. Goal is to teach ability to t ... Read More

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