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I have a really strong attachment to my mother and when she is away I freak out.

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Q: I’m having panic attacks and I freak out when my mom goes away on trips. I’m not too bad during the day but when night comes I feel like I’m going to freak out. I start to shake and have trouble sleeping. I find myself staying up late and trying to make myself tired just so I can sleep. I don’t know what to do anymore. Please help. What should I do?

I have a really strong attachment to my mother and when she is away I freak out.

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I’d say you need to find out what is wrong, ie: what are you afraid of. At the age of 25 you should be ok with being away from your mother. However, if you have never lived on your own I can understand why it may seem frightening when she leaves. It’s like when someone moves into a new place and they suddenly feel scared and listen to every noise because it is different and new. As humans we translate change into to fear many times. If you are truly having panic attacks I would suggest finding a therapist to help you learn strategies to overcome these. I also highly recommend the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. It’s packed with helpful information. I wish you luck.

I have a really strong attachment to my mother and when she is away I freak out.

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

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Counts, H. (2018). I have a really strong attachment to my mother and when she is away I freak out.. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2007/05/13/i-have-a-really-strong-attachment-to-my-mother-and-when-she-is-away-i-freak-out/
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