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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Stranger Anxiety (Overview)

Stranger anxiety is a developmental milestone that occurs around 9 months of age. Around that time, most babies will recognize their caretakers and siblings as familiar people, and will become afraid of unfamiliar people.


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When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Stranger Anxiety (Overview)

Stranger anxiety is a developmental milestone that occurs around 9 months of age. Around that time, most babies will recognize their caretakers and siblings as familiar people, and will become afraid of unfamiliar people.


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What exactly is by stranger anxiety?

Normal development: Before 6 months of age, a kiddo is generally friendly with most people. At about 6 months, they start to get anxious about anyone but their immediately family. This so-called "stranger anxiety" can apply to friends of the family or occasionally seen relatives and is generally completely normal. ...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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When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

When it's a problem.: Some anxiety (shyness) with strangers is normal and good. You want your child to be cautious with strangers. Honor the child's discomfort with anyone being too intimate. But if the anxiety is causing problems or distress in the child's life, talk to a professional as soon as possible to help decide what needs to be done. The sooner the issue is addressed, the easier it is to resolve. ...Read more

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Do all babies go through stranger anxiety?

Yes: I look at it as a great indicator that they can think which is more important to me than their first steps. They realize strangers are not as predictable or nurturing as their primary caregivers.This comes in at a time when they have not developed the idea of "permanence" or that you can exist in the next room if you are not in their sight, so they also fuss if you try to leave. It will pass. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 1 year old daughter to have such bad stranger anxiety? We take her out in public often but she won't let anyone get near her.

Is it normal for my 1 year old daughter to have such bad stranger anxiety? We take her out in public often but she won't let anyone get near her.

Stranger anxiety: Thsi is the age that you see it most! dont worry she will get over it. It is nature's way to keep babies safe! you are doping the right thing expsoing her to differnet environments. At the same time u dont want to have ur baby too friendly with tstrangers in this day and age, as it only takes few seconds for thsoe preying on young ones to walk away with them. ...Read more

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When will baby starts playing with other babies and when will stranger anxiety start.is it normal for 6 month baby not to play with otherbabies?

When will baby starts playing with other babies and when will stranger anxiety start.is it normal for 6 month baby not to play with otherbabies?

6 month old: A six month old can roll from back to front and front to back, some may be able to sit up. No stranger anxiety typically until 9 month and later. Too young to be playing with other children, may be interested in what others are doing, may smile at them but will not interact with other children in a cooperative manner. ...Read more

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How can I be SO TIRED & yet have anxiety?? I have even been told by strangers who say "wow your high strung!" I don't understand, Yet I know I suffer

How can I be SO TIRED & yet have anxiety?? I have even been told by strangers who say "wow your high strung!" I don't understand, Yet I know I suffer

Definitions: Your definition of anxiety may not be complete or correct. It is not impossible in exhausted folk - the opposite may be likely. I've seen your many ?s and know that you do suffer. Your physical conditions also may contribute a lot - but please do try to find a good, health psychologist for therapy. Try a few if necessary. It will make a difference! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that strangers can't understand my child's speech?

Should I be concerned that strangers can't understand my child's speech?

It's age dependent: The rule of thumb is that more than 50% is intelligible by age three to strangers. A four year old's speech should be mostly clear to strangers. If this is not the case and you are still concerned please talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is swearing at strangers symptomatic of an anger problem?

Is swearing at strangers symptomatic of an anger problem?

Yes: Even though not rational, many people swear at strangers -- especially when driving.. They think since "those people" are strangers, it doesn't matter how you treat them. But if we all do that to each other, our culture diminishes. You seem aware that your reactions might be a symptom needing help. Seeing a therapist may help you get at the roots of this, and learn to deal with the real problem. ...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