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What Is Anxious Attachment Style?

Attachment styles are patterns of relationship behaviors that develop early in life and continue into adulthood. They are influenced by the earliest relationships—with caregivers—and impact the way that people interact with others in their romantic, platonic, and professional connections. Attachment styles can range from secure to insecure, with one of the most common forms being an anxious attachment style.

Anxious attachment style is characterized by a fear of abandonment and a persistent need for validation and reassurance from others. While people with anxious attachment styles crave connection and intimacy, they also tend to become overwhelmed by feelings of jealousy and insecurity in relationships. This can lead to a cycle of seeking reassurance from partners, which can cause tension and strain in the relationship.

Northeast Health Services offers anxiety treatment services in Marlborough, Massachusetts, that can support those struggling with anxiety as well as an anxious attachment style. Call 508.794.8711 today to learn more.

What Is an Anxious Attachment Style?

An anxious attachment style, also known as ambivalent attachment or preoccupied attachment, is characterized by a fear of abandonment and an intense need for connection. This attachment style often develops in childhood when caregivers are inconsistent with their love and attention. Children with an anxious attachment style may have experienced neglect, inconsistency, or rejection from their primary caregiver.

In later relationships, people with an anxious attachment style can become emotionally dependent on their partner, seeking constant approval and reassurance. They may also develop a fear of being abandoned or rejected, leading to behaviors that can be seen as clingy or controlling.

While anxious attachment style is not a diagnosable mental health condition, it can contribute to the development of anxiety disorders and impact one’s overall well-being and relationships. It’s also important to note that people with anxious attachment styles are absolutely capable of forming healthy and fulfilling relationships. Therapy can be an important tool in understanding and managing attachment styles.

Signs of Anxious Attachment Style

Some common signs of an anxious attachment style include:

  • Fear of being abandoned or rejected
  • A constant need for reassurance and validation from others
  • Difficulty trusting others in relationships
  • Jealousy and possessiveness in relationships
  • Feeling easily overwhelmed by emotions, particularly in relationships

If you recognize these behaviors in yourself or a loved one, seeking support from a qualified therapist can help address these patterns and improve overall well-being.

Anxious Attachment Style vs. Anxiety

While anxious attachment style and anxiety disorders are often linked, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. Anxious attachment style is a relational pattern that impacts how one navigates relationships, while anxiety disorders involve persistent feelings of worry, fear, and distress that can interfere with daily life.

However, it’s not uncommon for people with an anxious attachment style to also struggle with anxiety disorders. In these cases, therapy can address both the attachment style and underlying anxiety issues. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. It’s important to seek professional help if you believe you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder.

Reach Out to Northeast Health Services for Anxiety Treatment Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with an anxious attachment style or anxiety disorder, Northeast Health Services is here to help. It’s possible to develop healthier patterns in relationships and manage anxiety with the support of a therapist.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.