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Dr. Stefania Lima
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Separation Anxiety (Overview)

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 is present and loving.


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I have separation anxiety I explained to one important person but take distance cause im scared to get hurt. I'm 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. I'm 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. Stefania Lima
58 Doctors shared insights

Separation Anxiety (Overview)

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 is present and loving.


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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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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level rises, stop what you are doing
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Ask yourself if you are expecting something bad to happen
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Slowly inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth
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While you are breathing, remind yourself that you can handle feeling distressed
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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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The separation anxiety phase with babies, how long does it usually last and how do we prevent or get rid of it? ..

The separation anxiety phase with babies, how long does it usually last and how do we prevent or get rid of it? ..

Normal stage: It is a normal stage in the development of a cild. By the age of 3 the child should begin to separate much easie. From your question it has probably started in your child bye fear of strangers usually begins about 9 months of age. This separation anxiety is normal so don't worry. All normal children go through it an come out of it being confident children. ...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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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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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 do I get help for separation anxiety?

How do I get help for separation anxiety?

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, neglect) and learn tools to help with it. ...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 are the symptoms of separation anxiety?

What are the symptoms of separation anxiety?

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 child's change in behaviors. In fact, separation anxiety can occur upon re-unification. What happens, especially with younger children is for example, when mommy comes back and the child sees her, the child becomes unglued realizing she was gone. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has separation anxiety, what to do?

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 see a psychologist to deal with his relationship issues. Take care. ...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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Why does separation anxiety develop in children?

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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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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Someone I know has separation anxiety, what to do?

Someone I know has separation anxiety, what to do?

Encourage: That person to consider therapy (such as psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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What to do if I have anxiety and separation anxiety?

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 distress or impairs function. Anxiety management strategies are very helpful for most but evaluation and therapy may be necessary if anxiety is more severe and unmanageable. Best regards in your search for relief. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with separation anxiety?

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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How long does separation anxiety last in a 27 month old?

Separation anxiety: Is a normal part of child development which starts in infancy with stranger anxiety. It gradually subsides around the age 5 -6 yrs. By the time kids go to school it should be minimal to absent. If it is exaggerated, speak to a psychologist since it could be a sign that something else is happening (abuse or phobias). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety: 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 is present and loving. ...Read more

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How to know if I have separation anxiety, or am I just clingy.?

Semantics?: It's not clear what distinction you are trying to make. One term (separation anxiety) sounds more "clinical, " one more informal, but they may well refer to exactly the same thing. Perhaps what you are asking is whether you have a problem that could benefit from professional help? If the problem (whatever you label it) is causing distress or affecting your functioning, then the answer is yes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have separation anxiety that is linked to my boyfriend?

Do you normally: Have issues being apart from a significant other? I would encourage you to consider psychotherapy with a mental health provider in your area. It is clearly not healthy if you can not tolerate being away from your boyfriend. ...Read more

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What is the method which I can be having separation anxiety when I'm 22?

What is the method which I can be having separation anxiety when I'm 22?

See counselor: It's important to reach out to a counselor/therapist in your area for help. If you are 22 years old, it's time to work on this so you can move forward with your life. Plan on seeing that person once a week until you have some understanding about your fears and some strategies! ...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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What is the best way to help a child with severe separation anxiety cope with their day?

What is the best way to help a child with severe separation anxiety cope with their day?

Face their fears: Do not allow the child to "successfully" avoid school or other activities, it makes the problem worse. Reassure the child you are confident he or she has "what it takes" to rise o the challenge. Don't belittle the child ir the problem. Often, there is also an adult involved who also has issues with the child separating. Consider getting professional help from a therapist. ...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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How can I get over separation anxiety?

How can I get over separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety: Psychotherapy helps. Your doctor can also recommend medications if symptoms severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning. ...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

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