Battling separation anxiety during COVID-19

For many people, the phrase, “separation anxiety” conjures up visions of a toddler having a sobbing meltdown at school drop off. But that visualization isn’t necessarily accurate for all forms.

Separation anxiety is extreme distress that’s triggered by being apart from your parents, primary caregivers or close companions. Although it may seem like a childhood condition, separation anxiety can affect anyone. And the chaos and uncertainty that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created in everyone’s lives can make it even more common regardless of your age.

Here’s a look at separation anxiety, how it affects different age groups and some suggestions on how to stay connected—even during a pandemic.

 

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