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Adult Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety disorder: not just for kids | SBS Life
Childhood sexual abuse is defined as any exposure to imposed sexual acts through manipulation, coercion or power tactics upon a child who is not developmentally capable of understanding or consenting to such acts. Sexual abuse may or may not include intercourse or physical force, yet most assuredly has a lasting impact on the child's well-being, and emotional and cognitive development. The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress indicate a prevalence of childhood sexual abuse occurring at a range from 12 to 40 percent in any given year 1. Children exposed to this form of traumatic event have a high risk of developing the anxiety disorder referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD.
The Negative Effects of Anxious Attachment on Intimate Relationships and How to Overcome Them
Separation anxiety is often discussed in terms of children, or in some cases, pets. Separation anxiety in children is considered a serious issue as when a child is unable to be separated from parents, the likelihood he or she will miss out on crucial psychosocial development opportunities, and develop further anxiety problems later in life, increases significantly. Separation anxiety occurs in adults as well, and can be an equally serious problem, so much so that psychologists have considered adding it to the diagnostic manual. Many adults suffer from separation anxiety issues and either may not be aware, or fail to seek treatment. Thus, separation anxiety in adults is likely underreported, and a much more widespread problem than originally believed to be.
Children are wired to become attached to their caretakers. Being able to depend on their parents is an important part of developing relationships throughout adulthood. Children who experience abandonment can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, a long-term fear of abandonment and a lack of a supportive social network. Judging other people often comes too easily to us. But being able to recognize their pain might allow you to help them find the right path to heal, while strengthening your bond.