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What Is an Anxious Attachment Style?

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Our relationships with our parents affect how we form new relationships throughout our lives. Children who experience neglect, early separation from parents, or a traumatic childhood event can develop an anxious attachment style that will hinder their ability to develop healthy and supportive relationships. Unhealthy attachments can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and addiction if not properly addressed.

At Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek, we support individuals who experience problems in their relationships due to having an unhealthy relationship attachment style. We work one-on-one with each patient to identify the underlying cause behind their disorder and teach them how to recognize bad relationship traits in themselves and their partner. Through group and private therapy sessions, patients learn new coping and communication skills and how to develop healthy relationships with others.

If you feel you can benefit from our anxiety treatment program in Coconut Creek, FL, send us an email or call 866.693.3871 today to begin a healing journey.

What Is an Anxious Attachment Style?

Forming an attachment to others is essential to develop an emotional bond with a person and have a healthy and supportive relationship. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to do this. We pick up our attachment styles from our parents, and if that style is ineffective or harmful, it can make forming healthy relationships with others nearly impossible.

Some of the main reasons behind anxious attachment styles include:

  • Raised by an inexperienced or neglectful mother
  • Long hospitalization stays
  • Raised by a parent or caregiver with depression
  • Divorce
  • Childhood trauma

There are four different types of attachment styles:

  1. Secure – This type is a healthy relationship style where both people can express empathy and feel safe within the relationship. They have good boundaries, can express themselves openly, and don’t feel anxious when alone.
  2. Anxious-ambivalent – This style is common in adults who have low self-esteem and regularly feel anxious. They want to be close to someone but fear that others don’t want to be with them.
  3. Anxious-avoidant – This attachment style is characterized by completely avoiding all types of attachments. These people are self-reliant, enjoy their freedom, and have difficulty understanding or expressing their emotions.
  4. Disorganized – Those with this style of attachment feel like they don’t deserve love and generally experience intense fears. This attachment style develops in adults who experience childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect.

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek delivers compassionate treatment for individuals and couples struggling to form healthy relationships. You will work with a therapist who will learn your attachment style and discuss how they will aid you in developing healthy relationship traits.

The Benefits of Treating Relationship Anxiety

Relationship anxiety is a real thing and can cause severe complications in personal and work relationships. Learning how to cope with this anxiety is essential for building healthy relationships with others and avoiding isolation, loneliness, depression, and substance abuse.

Some of the benefits of treating relationship anxiety include:

  • A better understanding of anxious attachment styles – In many cases, people are unaware of their attachment style and won’t know how to fix it. Therapists will dive deep into your past to understand your style of attachment and begin working on changing that style to a more secure and healthier one.
  • Improves relationship communication – Open and honest communication is critical to forming healthy relationships. Couples will work in private and together to learn new communication skills and feel more comfortable opening up to their partner without feeling anxious or afraid.
  • Establishes healthy boundaries – Having boundaries with your partner is crucial for healthy relationships. They allow each person to feel safe and understood by their partners and can reduce fears of abandonment and being alone.
  • Improved emotional regulation – Expressing your emotions in a healthy way is critical for building healthy relationships. If you do not feel that you can freely express yourself with your partner, it can lead to resentment, a lack of open communication, and other relationship drama.

Anxious attachment styles can complicate any relationship and make social interactions more complicated. Participating in relationship therapy is an excellent way to learn how to regulate emotions, express your feelings openly, and build a stable foundation for your relationship.

Enroll in an Anxiety Treatment Program in Coconut Creek at Evoke Wellness

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek is a full-service mental health treatment center that works with individuals and couples with an anxiety attachment style. Our therapists take the time to build a close relationship with each patient. That way, they can better understand the disorder’s reasons and begin teaching them new ways to improve their relationships.

If your relationship is struggling due to an unhealthy attachment style, call 866.693.3871 today or reach out online to schedule a tour and meet our dedicated team.