As humans, we depend on others for survival. Starting from birth, the need to be fed, bathed, clothed, sheltered and cared for is essential for survival and optimal function.
Because healthy human development requires physical and emotional care, fear of abandonment can result from unmet needs in either childhood or adulthood (Fraley, 2019).
The impact of abandonment issues can have devastating effects on personal wellbeing, relationships and long term mental health (Fraley, 2019).
Fortunately, if signs and symptoms of abandonment fears are identified and addressed, there are a variety of treatment options and paths to emotional healing, leading to a life of flourishing.
To get started, we will discuss fear of abandonment symptoms and reflect on therapy treatment options, and add a selection of recommended books and worksheets.
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