Dealing With Separation Anxiety

It is normal for a child to experience some degree of anxiety while growing up. Daily pressures, the formation of relationships, and the uncertainty associated with a particular social activity can contribute to feelings of unrest. When anxiety becomes more prominent and seems to be associated with not wanting to leave home or being fearful of not seeing a loved one again, separation anxiety may be an emotional issue that is hindering your child's performance.

Know The Signs

Seeking psychiatric services may be beneficial if your child exhibits behaviors that are unusual and you worry about their overall well-being. Many psychological problems are a result of environmental and biological circumstances, and the onset of a mental issue may not become apparent until after the formative years, when your child begins elementary school and is spending more time away from home.

Initially, your child may do well in school and may seem to be forming bonds with others. If they are shy-natured and considered an introvert or if they have difficulty trusting people when they first meet them, it can be comforting to get back into the routine of staying at home and being around familiar faces, and your loved one may show signs of fear, depression, or anger when it is time to go somewhere.

If an extended break away from school, a recent move, or the changing of your career seems to have triggered a difference in your youngster's behavior, having an assessment completed by a licensed psychiatrist will help determine what is going on and a treatment plan that will alleviate the symptoms. 

Be Supportive

If your child refuses to go to school or has a crying fit each morning, making it difficult for you to get them ready and on the bus, you may be ready to give in to your loved one and stop pressing them to follow their normal routine. It is important that you continue with the standard schedule, however, and a psychiatrist can provide you with guidelines that will help you stand your ground and coax your family member into handling their responsibilities.

During an initial assessment, a child psychiatrist will provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere with some toys and visual aids, which will help your youngster express themselves. Through play and visual cues, the psychiatrist can determine what has caused the sudden change in behavior and will aid you in supporting your loved one through this difficult time.

To learn more, contact a psychiatrist.