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Beware of separation anxiety disorder in children

Separation anxiety disorder in children is the fear of being separated from parents and loved ones. This syndrome usually occurs in children between 8-12 months of age and usually disappears by the time the child is 2 years old.

1. What is separation anxiety disorder in children?


Separation anxiety disorder is the fear of being separated from someone you are attached to, and can affect both children and adults. Separation anxiety disorder is a normal part of child development. This syndrome usually occurs in children between 8-12 months of age and usually disappears by the time the child is 2 years old.

2. Manifestations of separation anxiety disorder in children


Worry, excessive grief about being separated from parents, relatives Refusing to leave home because of fear of separation, not wanting to stay home alone, not wanting to go to school because of fear of being away from parents Headache, stomach pain, dizziness face, dizziness, abdominal pain, flu-like symptoms. In older children and adolescents, typical cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, choking, or other symptoms may be present when separated from parents or caregivers. Separation anxiety disorder may be associated with panic disorder Persistent worry about what will happen to a parent or loved one if the child moves away Refuses to go to bed without a parent around or sleeps far away home. Frequent separation nightmares Bedwetting Frequent anger or pleading

3. How to treat separation anxiety disorder in children

Psychotherapy is a primary and long-term treatment aimed at changing perceptions and helping patients to cope with anxiety in a positive and proactive manner.
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Use of drugs: Drug treatment when severe anxiety is to reduce the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction and somatic symptoms in the early stages.
Anxiolytic drugs: Benzodiazepam (Seduxen, Tranxen...) or atarax taken in low doses; Seduxen at a dose of 0.1 - 0.2 mg/kg/day. When the patient has a panic attack, Seduxen can be administered intramuscularly at a dose of 5-10mg/time. Antidepressants: Amitriptilin may be indicated for patients with multiple physical complaints or associated depression. For patients with obsessive symptoms, anafranin should be used.. Supportive therapies: Use vitamins and trace elements such as magnesium, calcium...Moderate activities, eat and sleep on time, Avoid stress, participate in recreational activities.

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