28 Oct 2016


All About Seperation Anxiety Disorder

                         SEPERATION ANXIETY

The picture
Day 1 of school- You walk to school with your son but he refuses to leave you. You try harder than ever but he just wont let go off you. His initial shallow cry becomes deeper and deeper and there eventually comes a point when you realise, THIS IS NOT NORMAL. All the other kids have managed to get inside school, crying for that sake but your son just wont let go of you. It hits you! Your son may have SEPERATION ANXIETY. This is the part when you really start worrying, what if this doubt turns out to be a reality. You google the symptoms and you find a list of them and BAM! You were right! Your child does have separation anxiety! You just took a great hit from feeling uncomfortable about leaving your child, off to school-to worrying if hell ever want to leave again!

What exactly is separation anxiety?
 Separation Anxiety Disorder is a psychological condition in which an individual experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment (e.g. a parent, caregiver, or siblings). It is most common in infants and small children, typically between the ages of 67 months to 3 years. It can present in a lot of ways . 

Here are some of the common presentations you need to worry about in your child!
·         Recurrent excessive distress when anticipating or experiencing separation from home or from major attachment figures
·         Persistent and excessive worry about losing major attachment figures or about possible harm to them, such as illness, injury, disasters, or death
·         Persistent and excessive worry about experiencing an untoward event (e.g., getting lost, being kidnapped, having an accident, becoming ill) that causes separation from a major attachment figure
·         Persistent reluctance or refusal to go out, away from home, to school, to work, or elsewhere because of fear of separation
·         Persistent and excessive fear of or reluctance about being alone or without major attachment figures at home or in other settings
·         Persistent reluctance or refusal to sleep away from home or to go to sleep without being near a major attachment figure

How do you deal with it? 
What intrigues you, is what do you do about it! The first thing you do is rush to the doctor, foreseeing this as a potential disorder. The doctor analyses the condition and makes a diagnosis , which you were the most scared of!  How do you go about it now!

Counselling is your ticket out! A modality called Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on helping children with SAD reduce feelings of anxiety through practices of exposure to anxiety-inducing situations and active cognitions to reduce anxious thoughts.
CBT has 3 phases:
-Relapse prevention.

In the education phase, the individual is informed on the different effects anxiety can have physically and more importantly mentally. By understanding and being able to recognize their reactions, it will help to manage and eventually reduce their overall response.