Anxiety exists in all of us. It is normal for each of us to experience occasional anxiety. Anxiety is the feeling we have when we are worried about a certain situation or lasting fear of an event. Anxiety is not a problem for most until the worry or fear won’t subside. If the feelings get worse they can become overwhelming and debilitating.
Some signs a person needs help and clinical anxiety is present is when there is excessive worry and concern about separation from people, places, or things beyond what would be expected for the specific development range. Anxiety can be present in children, adults and adolescents. We often see symptoms such as:
- Recurrent excessive distress when separation from home or major attachment figures occurs (or is anticipated)
- Persistent, excessive worry about losing major attachment figures (or something harmful happening to them)
- Persistent and excessive worry that something traumatic will lead to separation from a major attachment figure (e.g., being kidnapped)
- Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to school or other places because of fear of separation\
- Persistent or excessive fear or reluctance to be alone or without major attachment figures at home or in other settings
- Persistent reluctance or refusal to go to sleep without being near a near a major attachment figure (or to sleep away from home)
- Repeated nightmares involving separation
- Repeated complaints of physical symptoms (e.g. headaches, stomachaches, vomiting) when separated from major attachment figures (or separation is anticipated)
Some people need help overcoming anxiety and we are here to help them and the entire family. Contact us at Above It All Counseling Group for support and guidance.