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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. 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. 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 is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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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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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

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