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. Sources: om/guide/separation- anxiety .com/separation_anxiet y/article.htm Textbook: Comer, Ronald. Abnormal Psychology. Separation Anxiety Alissa Thompson
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WHAT IS SEPARATION ANXIETY? Separation anxiety occurs in children when they start to panic when they are separated from their home or parents. It is very normal in children ages 8-14 months, but when it still occurs after age six, it can become a disorder. (Textbook and WebMD) SYMPTOMS? Symptoms of separation anxiety include: Excessive anxiety about something bad happening to a loved one Concern about getting lost or being kidnapped Refusing to go to school or being without a parent or loved one Refusing to go to sleep without being next to a loved one Repeated nightmares about being separated. (Medicinenet) CAUSES? Children can develop separation anxiety after experiencing a stressful or traumatic situation such as being in
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Unformatted text preview: the hospital, the death of a loved one or pet, or moving. It also may not be the child’s fault for developing this condition. Parents who are over-protective may cause the child to have anxiety because a child can feel their parents’ anxiety. Children are also prone to develop this disorder if the mother was stressed during pregnancy. (WebMD) TREATMENTS? Therapy over drugs is the more proper choice for this disorder. Types of therapy include family and group therapy, behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic therapy. Since children have difficulty recognizing their feelings, some therapists use play therapy. Play therapy is using toys, drawing or making up stories to help children express their feelings. If a child’s case is severe enough, doctors will prescribe drugs such as antidepressants. (Textbook and Medicinenet)...
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