Separation Anxiety And Its Effects On Children

1560 Words Nov 15th, 2014 7 Pages
Many individuals think it’s cute when they see an infant so infatuated with their mother, not wanting to ever leave her side. However what happens when this child gets older and still has the need to be constantly by their mother’s side, throwing a tantrum when their mother leaves the room. This attachment is no longer cute, but obsessive. This is an example of separation anxiety, a developmental phase that most children go through during their early years. Separation anxiety is most likely to occur in child with a family history of anxiety/depression, child who are shy, children who have a lack of appropriate parental interaction, and overprotective parents.
Separation anxiety is one of the most common anxiety disorders in children affecting one out of twenty. It is a developmental stage during which the child experiences anxiety when separated from the primary care giver, usually the mother, and is in fact a part of natural cognitive development. When a baby is around 6 months old, they start to understand that they are detached from their mother, meaning the mother can leave at any time. Also around 6 months old the baby is capable of “representational thinking”, meaning he can now picture objects, like his mother in his mind where they are no longer in the same room. This all leads to the healthy separation anxiety most babies develop at 7 months old until 3 years old, where they child starts to cry when their primary care giver is no longer in site, even for a brief…
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