Separation anxiety disorder in kids

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Avatar f tn There are many books, as well, on this topic. Severe separation anxiety is called separation anxiety disorder - whether this is the issue with your son or not, I'm not sure. Whatever, rest assured that anxiety is a very common problem with children and with proper intervention the prognosis is excellent.
Avatar n tn That statement may sound silly and minimal to a person who doesn't understand anxiety, but those with first hand knowledge would know what I am talking about. Really, we (as a society) only just started treating this whole anxiety, depression, ADD thing in kids within the last 15 years or so. And to be honest, I'm pretty sure we don't have it all figured out. You have doctors/therapists quick to treat symptoms of which they don't have the first clue (only a textbook definition).
Avatar n tn Did you mean GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) or SAD (seasonal affective disorder)? Does she show anxiety in other areas? My own oldest son has anxiety. He's 9 and it shows itself in different ways. He's a perfectionist at school and elsewhere and will tear up things that don't look just right to him. He can also be slow to finish his work being extremely meticulous and also needs lots of reassurance.
Avatar n tn Your description is quite clear and indeed suggests separation anxiety disorder. Sometimes, in children who are vulnerable to this condition (e.g., children with a family history of anxiety or who have a baseline temperament that is shy/reticent), some upset in their environment can trigger the reaction. Unless the problem is severe it can usually be managed quite well by a short-term course of outpatient therapy that employs a cognitive-behavioral orientation.
Avatar n tn Panic, Anxiety, etc. I'm wondering whether my son is having panic/anxiety issues? Or is that too early?
Avatar n tn Most children who display this particular type of anxiety disorder have never undergone any particular trauma that explains the behavior. It is a biologically-based emotional disorder and it is quite likely that there is some family history of anxiety disorder.
Avatar n tn A child whose parents display anxiety disorder is no doubt in the at-risk category to display such a condition as well. However, your son is only seven, and the form of separation anxiety he manifests does not warrant treratment with medication at this point. Rather, continue to encourage him to participate in age-typical pusuits and keep him 'in the mix', so to speak.
Avatar m tn I suspect the above poster, robrob76 is correct - probably separation anxiety is the issue. I might suggest you google the phrase "separation anxiety and children" or "behaviors of anxiety in children" or "anxiety disorders and children" or similar words/phrases. There is lots and lots of information on the internet re this topic with many suggestions of excellent books that are available on-line, in bookstores or your public library system.
589870 tn?1222666787 , avoidance of stimuli associated with a severe stressor), or Separation Anxiety Disorder (e.g., avoidance of leaving home or relatives).[19] Association with panic attacks Agoraphobia patients can experience sudden panic attacks when traveling to places where they fear they are out of control, help would be difficult to obtain, or they could be embarrassed. During a panic attack, epinephrine is released in large amounts, triggering the body's natural fight-or-flight response.
Avatar f tn Dear Lisa, Yes, your son might display Separation Anxiety Disorder, but that alone would not account for his anger and oppositionality (in fact, most children with Separation Anxiety alone are more on the quiet/worried end of the spectrum). The difficult behavior can be the result of developmental immaturity and his not really being ready for the kinds of social interactions he's encountering.
Avatar f tn First, I wonder if your son is suffering from separation anxiety disorder. This is not the same as being spoiled. Tantrums are very common to children suffering from anxiety as the child is trying to "survive" in a scary and perceived unsafe world. And, you are correct - you do need to "detach" yourself from the situation (and it will not be a pretty sight as your son will rebel against his father as well as other adults).
Avatar n tn Is there a history of anxiety disorders in the family as Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety, etc. or other mental health issues? By the way, the fact your stepdaughter is throwing tantrums indicates severe frustration and this is one sign common to several mental health issues. Really, the first thing you need to do is discover the reason for this medication. Should not both parents be privy to this information? This, I feel, is your beginning point.
Avatar n tn There is a difference between separation anxiety disorder and separation anxiety (I suspect you daughter suffers from the latter which is not nearly as severe as the former). I expect she might need some help adjusting to school and you should be able to find some ideas from googling one or all of the above phrases. In addition, there are many books that can be purchased on-line or in a bookstore or borrowed from your public library on anxiety issues.
Avatar n tn Since he's going to sleep and you seem to be handling the beviour management well, I wonder if his doctor has ever assessed him for sleep disorders? (most especially sleep apnea in kids). Kids who are affected often appear/are diagnosed with ADHD and with treatment many no longer experience the ADHD symptoms. Sleep deprivation in kids and adults can cause horrific 'hallucinations' (half-dreams, basically) as well.
Avatar f tn The best thing you can do (in my humble opinion) is to educate yourself. I might suggest you google the phrase "separation anxiety and children" or "anxiety and school and children" or similar words/phrases to learn more about this issue. Anxiety is not something that is "cured" by a "wave of a magic wand" - it can take weeks, months and sometimes years. I wish you the best ....
Avatar n tn Actually, I wonder if Asperger's is not the issue but GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). This anxiety disorder often "rears its ugly head" about eight or nine years of age. I might suggest you google the phrase "GAD and children" or "anxiety behaviors and children" or "children and generalized anxiety" or similar words/phrases. If this the issue, then a trip to your family doctor would be a prudent step. Just another suggestion .....
384564 tn?1200085049 If her behavior is to be associated with separation anxiety, it's important to note that the phenomenon in such a case is a normal form of separation anxiety (vs the sort of emotional disorder that occurs with older children). Suffice it to say that she is indicating her need for physical contact. You needn't stop everything you are doing to pick her up; it will not be damaging to her to cry for a bit. On the other hand, of course you should hold her as best you can do this.
329165 tn?1515475590 Awesome info and a bit of a role-reversal for me as I've been an active Community Leader on the GERD and Heart and ENT and Back and Neck Forums and now I am just another patient that got diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and it is so complicated and overwhelming. I am going to respond in another thread in order to reach more people.
Avatar f tn I hope your daughter is seeing a medical mental health specialist with experience in anxiety issues as a child neurologist or child psychiatrist to assist you and your daugher in devising a plan to help her manager her fears/anxieties. As I said before, the medication only allows the plan to work; there is no "cure" for anxiety. But, that being said, anxiety is very common and highly treatable and manageable. The prognosis for your daughter can be excellent.
Avatar n tn // I have lots more info if you need it.
Avatar n tn Also, many children with sm are often misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD as well as expressive/receptive disorder. So, having a child suffering from anxiety (and selective mutism is a severe form of anxiety - usually social anxiety or generalized) misdiagnosed with some other issue is not uncommon at all. As I mentioned in my first reply, our child was thought to be mute due to trauma caused by abuse.
Avatar n tn Reported Report this Spam Miscategorized Abuse Member Comments (1) by Penny2kids Leave a Note Send Message Add as Friend Penny2kids Member since Dec 2008 , 1 hour ago I should add a few things. She has had a long history of anxiety separation. SHe screamed in church nursery until she was 2 1/2. SHe went through 6 months where is was fine. Now is gets very scared when she walks in the door but is very excited to go beforehand. She now stopped talking in church nursery.
Avatar n tn I think she may have sensory processing disorder as she has never liked being held (except when being rocked to soothe her separation anxiety when her Mom leaves her with me or when sick). She has never chewed solid food when she used to eat it and choked often when eating. She has frequent temper tantrums for no apparent reason.
Avatar n tn It would be reasonable to arrange an evaluation with a peduatric menatl health clinician for the purpose of taking a look at what appear to be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. It may be that the advice you receive is to simply carry on, exposing him to normal activities for a child his age. Or, some intervention might be recommended. Let the chips fall where they may; go ahead and have the evaluation. There's nothing to lose by doing so.
Avatar n tn She's always been very sensitive and always needed reassurance. She recently started to have anxiety about going to school (having bad separation anxiety). She has problems getting dressed and gets extremely nervous about time constraints like getting to school on time she keeps repeating how late we will be but won't get dressed to go.