Anxiety Disorder In Dorothy Parker's 'A Telephone Call'

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Anxiety, an unnerving feeling that brings uneasiness to the human mind. Thousands of individuals get help from friends and loved ones, as they want someone to help them. With a constant source of comfort, one can go too far, giving birth to an unhealthy need for someone called separation anxiety disorder. According to the “DSM 5”, this disorder is the fear of “separation from attachment figures to a degree that is developmentally inappropriate”. Darling in Dorothy Parker's “A Telephone Call” displays signs of separation anxiety disorder when talking about her man. The protagonists' symptoms include: an excessive distress when separated from her lover, a constant worry of losing her date, and a persistent dread of a life without her partner. Parker's Darling stresses out over her separation from her attachment figure. The plot revolves around the narrator waiting for her boyfriend's call. Patients with separation anxiety disorder are frightened of not being in close contact to their loved one. These people are overwhelmed when the person is gone, since they provide hope and joy. The phone call acts as a stress reliever, a way for the protagonist to feel more secured. Once her stress reliever doesn't work, Darling goes to God, accusing him for making her feel this way. She exclaims, “You don't know how it feels. You're so safe, there on Your throne, with the blue swirling under You… no one can twist Your heart in his hands. This is suffering” (120). She is infuriated at God,

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