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Link Between Insecure Attachment in Childhood and Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and  Mood Disorders

According to Blair Wellness Group, a leading provider of mental health treatment, the link between insecure attachment in childhood and anxiety, depression, addiction, and mood disorders is strong. Insecure attachment can occur when a child’s primary caregiver is unavailable or unresponsive. This can lead to lifelong problems with relationships and emotional stability, including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and addiction. If you are struggling with any of these issues, it is important to seek help from a licensed clinical psychologist. Treatment for insecure attachment can be very effective, and can improve your quality of life dramatically –– get started today!

Troubles With Emotional Regulation 

One of the core issues that people with insecure attachment struggle with is emotional regulation. This means that they have a hard time controlling how they feel in certain situations or when faced with triggering thoughts. Because of this, their feelings can escalate rapidly and become overwhelming very quickly. They may find it difficult to regulate anger, anxiety, depression, loneliness, or other emotions, which can lead to mood disorders later in life.

Problems With Interpersonal Relationships

People with insecure attachment often have difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships. They may be clingy or needy, or alternatively they may withdraw from social interactions altogether. They may find it hard to trust others, or they may constantly doubt the sincerity of their friends and loved ones. This can lead to isolation and loneliness, which are known risk factors for depression and other mood disorders.

Addiction and Self-Harm 

People with insecure attachment are also more likely to suffer from addiction and self-harm. They may use drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their emotions, or they may engage in self-harming behaviors such as cutting or binge eating. These coping mechanisms can be very destructive and are often unhealthy in the long run.

Treatment for Insecure Attachment

Treatment for insecure attachment usually involves treatment, either on an individual basis or with a group of other people who have similar issues. Treatment can help you learn to regulate your emotions more effectively, to improve relationships by learning how to be more independent and trusting, and to find healthier ways to cope with difficult situations. If you are struggling with insecure attachment, don’t hesitate to reach out for help – it could make all the difference in your life. Blair Wellness Group is here to support you every step of the way!

If you’re struggling with insecure attachment, our team at Blair Wellness Group can help. Reach out to us today for care from our licensed clinical psychologist in Beverly Hills.

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