Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a mental health problem, characterized by anxiety while an individual is removed from their home or loved ones. SAD is commonly seen in young children, but can also happen among adolescents and even adults.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
It’s perfectly normal for children to feel uncomfortable when they are away from their home or parents for prolonged periods of time. We call this "homesick", and it is actually a sign of healthy cognitive development in children. Those who experience SAD, typically experience severe discomfort or panic attacks when they’re away from home or parents.
Treatment for separation anxiety disorder usually involves counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. With treatment, many are able to successfully manage their symptoms, and even get over it completely.
Weighted blankets have been found to help people relax during times of stress. In addition to regular treatment, a Dreamhug™ weighted blanket may help SAD sufferers calm down during periods of anxiety, and help them get to sleep faster. The heavy weight of the blanket feels like a loving hug, while releasing serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin into the body. This can help the sufferer calm down during times of agitation and anxiety. Separation anxiety disorder stems from a fear of disconnection with their loved ones or familiar territory. A weighted blanket can provide a “loved” feeling during times of high anxiety.