Problems stemming from insecure attachments

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Problems stemming from insecure attachments

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When a child doesn't a secure -- First of all, all children have an attachment bond. It'll be insecure. It won't be a secure attachment bond, but it will be some kind of bond. That attachment bond, if it isn't secure, will show up as problems, particularly social problems. It may show up as attention problems. It may show up in an inability to communicate their own feelings to you or anybody else or to feel comfortable around new people or other experiences. A child who is anxious and has been confused has a hard time in school. They feel upset, concerned, and self-conscious, that they may be perfectly bright kids, but they are having a hard time concentrating. You see it in sleep. Children who have difficulty sleeping. That's a big red flag. There's a problem there. Children should be able to get a good night's sleep without waking up and having nightmares three or four times a night. That is an indication that something is really upsetting this kid. The better emotional relationship you have with the child, the better you are able to tease that out where this might be coming from. This is a puzzle. They see the world differently than we do. We have to get into their world and to help them as much as we would like to.

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Jeanne Segal, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Jeanne Segal is a mother and grandmother with an MA degree in psychology and PhD in sociology. She is an author whose books have been translated into 13 languages. Dr. Segal is the developer and content editor of Helpguide.org, a nonprofit website that helps people help themselves. Helpguide attracts over 1 million viewers a week and collaborates with the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School. One of the topics covered on the Helpguide.org website that is dearest to her heart is infant mental health.

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