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Syndrome of alienation in migrant children. What to do with it?
March 08, 2021

Withdrawal syndrome has been studied in Sweden for two decades. During this time, it was found that it affects only refugee children who seek refuge and often change their place of residence. Most often, these are children whose parents have been abused and abused in front of their eyes, as well as children who have themselves become victims of the enemy’s cruel behavior.

Signs of withdrawal syndrome:

  • the child ceases to communicate with others;
  • refuses to walk;
  • refuses to eat;
  • can lie down (rarely sit) with eyes closed.

That is, the child is completely removed from the world. And it is psychological trauma that makes her isolated.

Withdrawal syndrome is a gradual process. So as soon as you notice that the child becomes less mobile, start acting immediately:

  • do not discuss the scary news in the presence of a child, let the child’s sense of security be not only on the physical but also on the emotional level;
  • switch the child’s attention to pleasant things;
  • promote the child’s communication with peers;
  • ask for help with household chores;
  • insist on learning if the child is of school age.

Pay attention to the mental state of children. If you are in a difficult emotional state and can not help the child, it is better to consult a child psychologist at the place of residence. The specialist will provide qualified assistance to the child.

Take care of yourself and your children!

Psychologist Hasanova Leila