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Treating Separation Anxiety Disorder

Have you ever had your child refuse to sleep alone, refuse to be alone without you, refuse to go to another part of the house without you, refuse to go to school or to a party or play-date at another’s house?  If so your child may be suffering from Separation Anxiety Disorder.  This can be extremely disabling for children and sad for their parents to witness, but here at Proliance Center there is hope with treatment.

The best form of treatment for mild to moderate Separation Anxiety Disorder is psychotherapy or parent guidance.  Fortunately there are many different types of psychotherapy, but the most commonly known is known as Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.  The important thing to keep in mind here, though, is that the earlier you treat the problem the less impact the problem will have down the line and the healthier you and your child with Separation Anxiety Disorder will feel.

So what do you do if you think your child has Separation Anxiety Disorder?  Go seek help from a professional with experience in treating Separation Anxiety Disorder.  This is not as easy as it seems, because there are a number of factors that come to play in treating Separation Anxiety Disorder.  Often it is not only the child with Separation Anxiety Disorder who has a problem, but the parents do too.  They are torn between seeing their child suffer and recalling their own possible childhood anxiety (if any) and not wanting to lovingly push the child to get past this, despite knowing they need to.  So they alternate between a  “well just for now.. or just for today” response and a gut-wrenching “you’re going!.. don’t call me!.. tough it out!” method that if not done delicately only serves to heighten the child’s anxiety.

Here at Proliance Center our team of professionals are here to help.  Give us a call today.

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