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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Separation Anxiety

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I have separation anxiety i explained to one important person but take distance cause im scared to get hurt. Im so confused/upset i feel hopeless now.

I have separation anxiety i explained to one important person but take distance cause im scared to get hurt. Im so confused/upset i feel hopeless now.

There is help: Please see a therapies quickly and make sure they are well versed in CBT which is cognitive behavioral therapy. This is the type of therapy that is most validated and recognized to treat anxiety disorders. Also read Aaron Beck as he's is the founder of it and some books are lay person level. Take care ...Read more

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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How can I help my baby manage separation anxiety?

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?

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

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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What is the definition or description of: Lack of separation anxiety?

No anxiety when ....: Apart from primary caretaker. Most babies will develop some anxiety when separated from their caretaker, usually the mother, at 10-18 months but may occur earlier and usually eases by 2-3 years. Lack Of separation anxiety could be present in a child who has multiple caretakers, such as a day care, be an easy going infant, or one that has not strongly bonded or recognized one caretaker. ...Read more

Dr. Stefania Lima
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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