It is known as disorder when the effect of this separation is strong enough to affect the individual’s ability to manage his daily lives and relationship with other people.
This condition can happen to anyone regardless of their age and gender. In fact, it is known that almost 7% of adults all around the world is experiencing adult separation anxiety disorder compared to only 4% of children affecting by the same health condition.
Children will tend to cry when they are separated from their parents during their early years. Many kids started to experience separation anxiety disorder in their first year. They will get upset when the parent leaves them to nanny or someone else to take care of them for work.
This health condition is known to affect 5% of children from the USA between the age of 7 and 11 years old. It only affect about 1.3% of teens regardless of their gender.
Don’t be surprised but separation anxiety can also happen to animals like dogs, you’ll notice them chewing to relieve stress.
But don’t be confused with separation anxiety disorder with separation anxiety because the latter is a normal condition that can occur to anyone. You’ll notice that young children will tend to look for something that they know exist but couldn’t see. It could be their favorite toy or someone close to them. They might cry, or stay silent to express their anxiety and as a parent, you’ll need to observe their behavior so that you know how to react when such situation happen. You can read stories for them to listen, or invite them to do something enjoyable together.
There are a few reasons why people can have separation anxiety. For example, young children are probably worried that something bad is going to happen to their parent when they leave for a long period of time. Another sign of separation anxiety could be the children probably refuse going to school so they can stay with their parents. Other symptom can be, they might experience nightmare and scared to be left alone.
Separation anxiety disorder usually happens when the child experience a tragic accident or trauma in his life. Childs with parents who are over-protective will tend to have higher chance to develop separation anxiety. But it is important to check the children’s background as well because they probably are getting this condition from one of the family member. Child and parents can interact with each others anxiety. After all, there have been several cases that proven children to inherit separation anxiety from one of their parent or other family members with anxiety or mental disorders as it is passed down through genes.
The whole process of dealing with child who is experiencing separation anxiety can be a daunting task. Some parent might not be able to cope with their child’s irregular behavior. It is important to remain calm and let your children know that they will stay safe even if they’re away from you. This will help them to cope with the situation easier and resolve the problem.