Does Your Child Have Separation Anxiety?

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As children return back to school for a new school year, parents of anxious kids may be dealing with school refusal and separation anxiety.

These parents know that their children may need special attention and patience to successfully make the transition back to school or to start classes for the first time.

But how do you know if your child is just nervous or is struggling with a paralyzing sense of anxiety and fear? Some children do throw tantrums in an attempt to “get their way” or avoid something they don’t particularly enjoy.

Seeing a child who is in genuine distress about the prospect of being separated from a parent or guardian can be alarming. The child may experience unpleasant symptoms just from thinking about separation. The high amount of anxiety can affect the child’s social life and his or her physical health.

A child who has separation anxiety should be treated with patience and love, but some amount of firmness is also important. Consulting with a professional mental health expert can help parents to understand their child’s unique needs and to figure out the best way for the child to be treated.

Separation anxiety can be cured, and the effects do not have to be long-lasting or damaging to the child’s development.

A recent article provides information about separation anxiety in children. Some symptoms you may see in a child with separation anxiety are listed within the article. If you are interested in reading more, visit the link below.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130822/Overwhelming-fear-in-children-may-be-a-sign-of-separation-anxiety-disorder.aspx

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