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What can be done about separation anxiety?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Start shorter: 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 tolerate anxiety, followed by re-assurance that you will be back. Don't teach crying causes you to come back.
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
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 tolerate anxiety, followed by re-assurance that you will be back. Don't teach crying causes you to come back.

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What is separation anxiety?

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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 separated from the primary caregiver (usually the mother) and might cry, cling to that caregiver.
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What to do if I have anxiety and separation anxiety?

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