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Separation Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders in children, according to a parenting expert.

“Children really have a very difficult time leaving their parents: they cry, they get stomach aches,” said Meri Wallace, author of The Secret World of Children, and a family therapist for more than 30 years.

If your child has separation anxiety, having a conversation is a good place to start.

“Always have conversations with the children. Explain why you go to work everyday. Why is there a separation,” said Wallace. “Just to prepare the child, it’s hard for you to say goodbye, but I will be back exactly after lunch so the child knows when you’re coming back. You will always return.”

If you’re a parent who travels a lot, reassurance goes a long way.

“You need to try to work it out so that you put a date on the calendar. I’m going to be here on Monday, and then we’re going to plan a special date. I’m going to call you everyday,” said Wallace.

And remember, one-on-one time is so important.

“That’s where the security gets strengthened,” said Wallace.

And really work hard on developing what she calls a secure bond.

“Studies that’ve been done on attachment, they have found that a secure attachment between the parent and the child helps the child to go off on her own. The child internalizes all the caring and the security, and feels safe when she’s alone,” said Wallace.

Conversely, if your child is just too attached, very clingy, gets headaches, bellyaches and has trouble focusing when you leave them, it’s time to reach out for professional help.

Do you think you may suffer from Anxiety and live in Florida, California or New York?

If so, please consider scheduling a proper virtual online ADHD and Anxiety diagnosis with one of our physicians. Although we have an online ADHD and Anxiety diagnosis tool, a proper diagnosis from a Board-Certified Medical Doctor will help you know for sure. If appropriate, a customized treatment program will be recommended at the conclusion of that initial visit.

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