Separation anxiety is a serious problem that affects many adults. Here are eight signs that you may be suffering from it.
These eight signs correspond to the criteria in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th edition.
1. You’re excessively distressed when you anticipate or experience separating from home or important attachment figures.
2. You always fear something bad happening to the person like them getting into a car accident or dying from an illness
3. You worry about something happening to you that would pull you away from your loved one.
4. You refuse to go to essential places like school or work or are reluctant to leave home because of the separation.
5. You’re afraid to be alone or without attachment figures at home or with you.
6. You won’t sleep away from home or go to sleep without having your attachment figure nearby.
7. You have recurrent nightmares about the theme of being separated.
8. You experience distressing physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, nausea, or vomiting just from anticipating the separation.
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