New Lifehouse Treats Teen Girls Suffering with Separation Anxiety Disorder
Parents looking for effective therapy methods to help a struggling young girl can learn about how we treat Separation Anxiety Disorder at our therapeutic boarding school in Oklahoma.
New Lifehouse understands that parents want to send a teen girl to a safe, monitored environment where she receives personal care, and individual therapies that help heal emotional and mental disorders–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or family genetics.
And while the young teen girl enrolls in our therapeutic boarding school for counseling, treatment, and improving academic/life skills, New Lifehouse also helps teen girls struggling with Separation Anxiety Disorder improve their mental and physical health.
What Is Separation Anxiety Disorder?
Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a condition in which a child becomes fearful and nervous when away from home or separated from a loved one — usually a parent or other caregiver — to whom the child is attached. Some children also develop physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, at the thought of being separated. The fear of separation causes great distress to the child and may interfere with their normal activities, like going to school or playing with other children.
Separation anxiety is normal in very young children (those between 8 and 14 months old). Kids often go through a phase when they’re “clingy” and afraid of unfamiliar people and places. When this fear affects a child over age 6 years, is heavy, or lasts longer than 4 weeks, the child may have separation anxiety disorder. Separation anxiety affects approximately 4%-5% of children in the U.S. ages 7 to 11 years. It is less common in teenagers, affecting about 1.3% of American teens. It affects boys and girls equally.
Symptoms of Separation Anxiety Disorder:
An unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to the parent or caregiver if the child leaves
An unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to the child if they leave the caregiver
Refusal to go to school in order to stay with the caregiver
Refusal to go to sleep without the caregiver being nearby or to sleep away from home
Fear of being alone
Nightmares about being separated
Complaints of physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches
Repeated temper tantrums or pleading
Intense fear or guilt
New Lifehouse Teaches Girls Healthier Ways to Deal with Separation Anxiety
That’s why New Lifehouse Academy treats Separation Anxiety Disorder. Therapists address physical symptoms, identify anxious thoughts, and help your teen girl develop coping strategies, and foster problem solving. Professional treatment for separation anxiety disorder may include:
Talk therapy. Talk therapy provides a safe place for your child to express their feelings. Having someone to listen empathetically and guide your child toward understanding their anxiety can be powerful treatment.
Play therapy. The therapeutic use of play is a common and effective way to get kids talking about their feelings.
Counseling for the family. Family counseling can help your child counteract the thoughts that fuel their anxiety, while you as the parent can help your child learn coping skills.
Another goal of the therapy is to teach a student healthier ways of dealing with future situations. And we understand that it takes time to improve a teen girl’s thoughts and actions. We want each student to experience effective counseling and treatment, as well as improve daily life at school, and back home with family.
If you want to learn more about how we treat teen girls struggling with Separation Anxiety Disorder at our therapeutic boarding school, please call 918. 435. 8206 now.