Separation anxiety is a common issue in both children and animals. Such anxiety surrounds detachment problems and the inability to be left alone. While overlooked as a mental health issue by some, separation anxiety is also a problem in adults, yet materialises differently.
In most cases, the anxiety of detachment for animals and children will be heightened by low independence and a lack of awareness. For most adults, this will not be the case, where autonomy, where responsibility and where logical understanding and communication can be made.
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Instead of an automatic response of fear, a build-up of fear is usually linked to separation anxiety in adults, where stress, trauma, excessive isolation and unexpected death stand as developing causes.
On the surface, separation anxiety as a condition may be discredited. Yet many individuals suffer from this type of anxiety, in tandem with others, including social and health anxiety.
As anxiety disorders can develop for any individual, triggered by any form of influential stimuli, understanding more about the realism of anxiety is necessary, particularly if you struggle with addiction.
If you’re struggling to be left alone, if your relationships are breaking down, or if you’re suffering mentally while on your own, it’s time to consider separation anxiety treatment at our private rehab if you are experiencing signs of anxiety and addiction.
At Nova Recovery we offer a wealth of dual-diagnosis treatments for anxiety disorders alongside drug and alcohol addictions to alleviate and manage symptoms.
The realism of separation anxiety
Many individuals find it difficult to digest separation anxiety. For adults, detachment issues are discredited, as we can absorb information rationally and build upon our independence. With this in mind, the fear of being alone has been disregarded by many.
However, separation anxiety is a real problem in adults, which can be just as impactful as further anxiety disorders. It’s mainly defined as fear or worries, linked to feeling lonely, leaving certain people, family and friends also being alone, and low engagement levels.
While engagement is necessary for us as humans, those who suffer from separation anxiety find that constant engagement is reassuring, helping to alleviate such worries.
Imagine feeling like you cannot leave the side of a loved one or need to be surrounded by people on a consistent basis. This is the reality of separation anxiety, where loneliness can result in chronic mental health issues, irrational thinking and aggressive symptoms of panic.
On the other end of the spectrum, the excessive concern of engagement can be tough on relationships, on life in general, on the ability to maintain independence and on health.
The exact causes of separation anxiety are often unknown due to how personal, unpredictable and rapid such feelings can develop. Yet many individuals note symptoms once trauma, distress, death or ongoing loneliness has been experienced.
If you’re living through detachment issues or feel low when alone, it’s time to look into a specialist diagnosis and separation anxiety treatment.
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Common symptoms of separation anxiety
Symptoms of separation anxiety can resemble the usual symptoms of other anxiety disorders. For example, insomnia, irritability, depression, increased heart rate and panic attacks are all prevalent across the anxiety spectrum.
However, there are some more definite symptoms that focus on behaviours and thought processes that differentiate separation anxiety.
- Worry over being alone or feeling isolated
- Breakdown in relationships down to the pressure of attachment
- Low self-esteem, a lack of independence and the inability to make decisions alone
- A constant feeling of panic when the risk of loneliness is presented
- Frantic thought processes around risk to loved one’s health and wellbeing
- The need to be surrounded by others
- The inability to leave the house alone
Through the above symptoms, it’s easy to see how life-altering separation anxiety can be in adults, which must be managed through anxiety treatments and therapies.
Anxiety conditions commonly lead to substance addiction such as drug or alcohol addiction – if this is the case for you, please speak to a member of our team on 01475 303998 to discuss our dual diagnosis treatment programmes.
Separation anxiety treatment services
Anxiety disorders can be dangerous to health and well-being, along with other areas of life if undiagnosed or untreated. This is why separation anxiety treatment, specifically for detachment issues is recommended, to help improve the quality of life and the maintenance of symptoms.
Psychological therapies for separation anxiety are a significant focus, helping clients understand the causation of their anxiety, and how this has materialised into detachment issues. Cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy and exposure therapy are all recommended to work through relationships, unravel triggers, and promote united coping strategies.
The majority of separation anxiety diagnoses will be driven by unhealthy or excessive emotions. Therapy must be completed to turn emotional responses into positive and rational outlooks. Through this, independence, confidence and self-assurance can be built.
Anxiety, in general, can be treated through medication. Antidepressants and mood stabilisers are commonly prescribed to help manage symptoms and suppress the unstable production of chemicals in the brain.
In most cases, treatment will start with psychological therapies, as many issues can be resolved through CBT. However, for severe cases where symptoms of anxiety are strong, medication may be available for long-term management.
Treatment services for separation anxiety and addiction here at Nova Recovery will be endorsed on a per-client basis. We must take your own needs into consideration before forming a treatment programme. There is however a high chance that you will complete the above addiction and separation anxiety treatment services, in conjunction with well-being management.
Lifestyle and wellbeing management here at Nova Recovery
Some anxiety disorders can be managed by promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being choices. Such efforts can be instilled while treating separation anxiety and substance abuse, as routine and exposure to coping strategies can help to build up confidence and self-awareness.
We will focus on providing you with information about nutrition, mindfulness, self-help tips, relaxation techniques, healthy engagement, exercise and wellbeing. All can help to improve your quality of life and stabilise your anxious feelings and thoughts.
While treatment will be necessary, well-being management can help you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, which will also affect your relationships with others.
Separation anxiety is a valid mental health condition, which can be extremely tough to acknowledge and live with, particularly if you struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. However, it is important that you consider the symptoms of anxiety and addiction, and how they are impacting your life.
Through such impacts, separation anxiety and addiction treatment here at our private, specialist rehab centre for substance abuse and mental health recovery will support you.
Dr Alexander Lapa - MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified - Author - Last updated: July 10, 2023