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What does adult separation anxiety disorder look like?

What does adult separation anxiety disorder look like?

See Below: Adult separation anxiety might occur during the break up of relationship with strong emotional attachment to the person being separated from:marriage, romantic, children leaving home.It might manifest as extreme distress when object of attachment leaves, crying; excessive fear of being left alone when object of attachment is not there. Psychotherapy and meds might help with management of anxiety. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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My son was diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder, help?

My son was diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder, help?

Have you looked in: To working with a child psychologist or psychiatrist or a developmental specialist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Separation anxiety disorder?

What is the definition or description of: Separation anxiety disorder?

SAD: Psychological problem involving severe anxiety at separation from persons strongly attached to, such as parents. Most common in children age 3 and younger. ...Read more

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I have separation anxiety disorder (which is a form of anxiety with dealing with anxiety, how to deal?

I have separation anxiety disorder (which is a form of anxiety with dealing with anxiety, how to deal?

Anxiety Disorder: It is important to understand how your sensitivity developed and how to go about lessening your fear. Confide in those close to you to see if you uncover the origin and begin taking small steps forward. If you cannot consult a mental health professional who will likely be able to help you. Best. ...Read more

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Do teens get separation anxiety disorder, and what would it look like?

Teen anxiety: It is truly difficult to be a teen. They are going through a stage of development where they strive (sometimes obnoxiously) to be independent and their own boss, but they still have fears of being on their own, of not being safe, of losing the support they've taken for granted. The symptoms would usually be anxiety and/or depression (any may well include a lot of anger), also substance abuse. ...Read more

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Have you ever heard of a 17 year old girl suffering from "separation anxiety disorder"?

Have you ever heard of a 17 year old girl suffering from "separation anxiety disorder"?

Yes, it can: Happen - it is not exclusive to 5 year old kids starting kindergarten or really tiny children. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old has separation anxiety disorder. After 2 weeks of illness she's back to daycare tomorrow. She's upset already. How can I help tomorrow am?

My 4 yr old has separation anxiety disorder. After 2 weeks of illness she's back to daycare tomorrow. She's upset already.  How can I help tomorrow am?

Reassurance: The best is to reassure her that there is nothing to worry and like any other day, you will always pick her up. You have to be firm but gentle. Let her know that she will be with her friends and teachers. Reassure her that you are just a phone call away. ...Read more

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Is separation anxiety a disorder? Is it common for mothers to have this when apart from their children?

Is separation anxiety a disorder?  Is it common for mothers to have this when apart from their children?

Refers to the child: Separation anxiety is about the child and his or her feeling of separation from the parent being so intense that doing activities alone is impaired e.g. going to school or sleeping alone. In the adult, iexplore with your doctor the root of you anxiety: is it general worry, are there obsessive qualities, fears of something bad happening and panic for example. Or medical. Then doc treats or refers. ...Read more

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Anybody been through, or heard of, adult separation anxiety? What should I do?

Anybody been through, or heard of, adult separation anxiety? What should I do?

Expert Guide 4 U?: Adults can experience fear of being separated from person(s) they feel dependent upon/feel they can't live without. Some experience this as a dread they'll be abandoned ; won't be able to survive. For deep understanding of what's going on u'd want a skilled detective -a mental health clinician who could help uncover the factors at play ; help u learn 2cope w/fears associated w/ separation. ...Read more

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Could separation anxiety ever happen in adults?

Could separation anxiety ever happen in adults?

Yes: For various reasons in their development, adults can experience separation anxiety. They may not feel capable of managing in the world without the presence of someone they feel is more competent than they are. They become dependent on this other person, and very anxious when separated from him/ her. Usually children pass through this stage, but not all have the right kinds of support to do so. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby manage separation anxiety?

Stay calm: Separation anxiety is a normal developmental milestone at 9-12 months that means your baby has " object permanence, " a mental representation of someone/something he can't see. Tell him you're leaving in a calm manner, saying, "i'll be back" and say, "i'm back" when you return. Practicing leaving for short periods helps him learn both the words and that he can trust your consistent return. ...Read more

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I may have separation anxiety. Would feeling an emptiness inside when leaving someone be the telltale sign?

Separation Anxiety: It is normal to feel anguish when leaving someone we love, this does not mean you have separation anxiety but if these feelings are common under normal everyday separations that may be indicative. Best. ...Read more

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Separation anxiety from my fiance. What can I do to overcome this?

How extensive?: It may be natural to miss your fiance, but i'm wondering what you specifically mean when you say, "separation anxiety"? Also the intensity can range from being uncomfortable but bearable, all the way to not being able to leave your house unless your fiance comes with you. To get a more comprehensive and personalized assessment (plus help as needed), you might consider seeing a therapist. ...Read more

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Why does my toddler have separation anxiety even if she's not alone?

Why does my toddler have separation anxiety even if she's not alone?

Preference,maturity: By 6-9 months kids realize that their primary caregivers are more nurturing and dependable than others. Their brains are also not mature enough to understand that these primary care givers do not permanently disappear when they go out of sight. The anxiety represents the convergence of both issues. They prefer mom/dad/etc and they fear they won't come back.Its a good indicator of early thinking. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for separation anxiety?

Is there a natural cure for separation anxiety?

Time: Separation anxiety is a natural part of normal development. With time your child will learn that you will indeed return after you leave. Make sure you hug your child good bye and let them know you will be returning. Give them a big smile when you return! soon they will learn that you will always be coming back to them! ...Read more

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How can I remedy my infant's nighttime separation anxiety?

How can I remedy my infant's nighttime separation anxiety?

It's You: It's really, probably your own anxiety, not your infant. How do you know your infant is anxious? Those are your feelings. Behavioral insomnia in infants is quite common and is perpetuated by attending to the infant each and every time they wake up at night. You should not sleep with your infant, he or she needs to be in another room. After 6 months, a full nights sleep will occur if you ignore. ...Read more

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My baby has severe separation anxiety. I have nanny to help. What should she do?

My baby has severe separation anxiety. I have nanny to help. What should she do?

Be consistent: Separation anxiety is a normal phase of infant/child development. It may seem severe even if it's pretty normal, esp if baby is loud &intense &/or you are highly sensitive to crying.Be reassuring & go! the child needs to learn to trust you & nanny, trust you'll come back & know that he'll be well taken care of while you are away. Give your baby that experience, & the sep anxiety will soon lessen. ...Read more

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Does my 2yo have separation anxiety? Never cries when I leave but runs to me when I come home.

Does my 2yo have separation anxiety? Never cries when I leave but runs to me when I come home.

Not clear: If you're asking if your child's behavior is a problem, it doesn't sound like it. Being pleased that a parent has returned is perfectly normal, especially at that age. If the child won't leave your side for hours on end after you return, that would be of concern. But an enthusiastic greeting on return is expected; more worrisome would be if your 2yo consistently ignored your return. ...Read more

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If I have trouble going to college in a different town than my girlfriend, do I have separation anxiety?

Won't come back: Separation anxiety is a term we use for babies starting ~6-9 mo when the realize that mom or dad is their primary source of comfort & care. At that age, when separated, they don't understand that mom or dad don't vanish forever when the go out of sight. By 2y most babies understand & anxiety drops.I'd call your issue" morning the loss of companionship". ...Read more

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Dr. Stefania Lima
58 doctors shared insights

Separation Anxiety (Definition)

This is described as when an infant or small child has difficulty separating from their parent. They might exhibit this by crying uncontrollably, tantrums, etc until being picked up. Just reassurance is all the infant/child needs to know parent ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Separation Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Psychological problem involving severe anxiety at separation from persons strongly attached to, such as parents. Most common in children ...Read more