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Please ould you help me with my separation anxiety and severe panic attacks?

Please ould you help me with my separation anxiety and severe panic attacks?

Talk to your PCP: Discuss your problems with your primary care physician so as to exclude other medical causes of anxiety/panic attacks. If a referral to a mental health provider is needed after your evaluation your pcp will let you know. The good news is that there is help for you but you need to start that process. Good luck. ...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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What is separation anxiety?

What is separation anxiety?

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. ...Read more

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What can be done about separation anxiety?

What can  be done about separation anxiety?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with separation anxiety?

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. ...Read more

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Why does my child get separation anxiety?

Why does my child get separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety: An infant starts to think for the first time around 6 months that he/she is separate from the mother/father. An infant get anxious when he/she realizes that the parent/caregiver is not around. This stage is not permanent. It phases out between 18 -30 months. ...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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How can I soothe my child's separation anxiety?

How can I soothe my child's separation anxiety?

Be calm & accepting: Some call this the emotional birth, when baby realizes mom is their best buddy & cries if she leaves. They do not fully grasp the concept that you can exist when not visible until into the 2nd year, so you need to be calm & reassuring. They may fear you won't return. If baby senses your worry it will increase their fear. Peek a boo & similar activities are thought to help babies learn the concept. ...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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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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Why does separation anxiety develop in children?

Developmental transi: Infants, between 9 and 12 months of age, are able to maintain visual representation of objects when the objects are hidden. This developmental transition extends to primary attachment figures. The awareness of the primary caregiver's absence leads to anxiety-so called separation anxiety. This is a normal developmental transition and typically pass within a few months. ...Read more

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Lack Of Separation Anxiety (Definition)

Lacking separation anxiety is a clinical finding in which a child does not become anxious and upset when being separated from his mother or other familiar persons. This may occur because he has not yet reached this stage of development (around 9 months of age) or because he has ...Read more


Dr. Stefania Lima
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Separation Anxiety (Definition)

Separation anxiety may begin sooner, but typically babies at 12 to 18 months of age become quite alarmed and upset if they are ...Read more