Separation Anxiety Treatment & Care

Shaker Clinic, located just outside of Cleveland, OH, provides comprehensive treatment for senior adults struggling with separation anxiety.

Separation Anxiety Treatment

Learn about separation anxiety at Shaker Clinic in Cleveland, OH

When a person experiences extreme anxiety or fear when confronted with the possibility of being separated from a loved one or ones, he or she is most likely suffering from separation anxiety disorder. Adults, more specifically, who are battling this mental health condition may experience elevated levels of discomfort when actually separated from a loved one, namely a child or spouse, and ultimately have hindered functioning in several settings as a result. Sufferers of this mental health condition may also experience sleep disturbances and develop somatic symptoms in the form the headaches or other pains when their anxiety becomes too overwhelming to manage. Fortunately, there is treatment available that can help adults with separation anxiety, of which incorporates new methods for coping with the crippling symptoms of this disorder.

Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for separation anxiety

As a friend or family member, it can be heart-wrenching to watch a loved one struggle with the symptoms of separation anxiety disorder. You may not understand why your loved one is so attached to you or another person. You may wonder what you can do to help. Here are some things to consider when trying helping a loved one get treatment for separation anxiety disorder:

  • Learn what your loved one is going through by educating yourself on separation anxiety disorder; doing this can give you a better understanding of the anxiety and fear that your loved one is experiencing.
  • Talk to your loved one about their anxiety and fears
  • Avoid being judgmental or overly critical
  • Be honest with your loved one about your concerns
  • Research viable treatment options that will meet and be sensitive to the needs of your loved one
  • Explain the importance and benefits of treatment for this condition
  • Be a source of support for your loved one

Lastly, it is important that you do not enable your loved one’s dependent behaviors. You want to encourage your loved one’s independence and autonomy as he or she works towards overcoming symptoms of this anxiety disorder.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for separation anxiety at Shaker Clinic in Cleveland, OH

As with other anxiety disorders, separation anxiety disorder often requires treatment in order to overcome distressing symptoms. Those that suffer from separation anxiety disorder may find it difficult to function when he or she is worried or afraid that their significant other or child, in the case of adults who have this condition, is not near them. Going without treatment for this disorder can ultimately lead to the development of another mental illness and a higher risk for suicidal ideations or even attempts. Engaging in treatment that addresses the core symptoms of this mental health condition can significantly reduce the aforementioned risks and lead to an improved quality of life for sufferers and their loved ones.

Outpatient care, for example, is one such option for treatment that can be of great assistance to those who are struggling with separation anxiety disorder. Within this type of treatment, those with this condition can meet with mental health professionals in individual therapy sessions and address the underlining issues that led to this disorder’s onset. Additionally, outpatient care often includes access to qualified and experienced psychiatrists who can determine if medication is necessary for alleviating symptoms of separation anxiety disorder. If it is concluded that medication can help, psychiatrists can prescribe and monitor medications while the individual is engaged in traditional psychotherapy. What is important to know that relief from the symptom of this condition can be found by engaging in appropriate care at aims to reduce the severity of symptoms and restore functioning.

Types of Treatment

Types of separation anxiety treatment offered at Shaker Clinic in Cleveland, OH

The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.

In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:

Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.

Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.

Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.

Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for schizophrenia

At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.