Separation Anxiety Disorder

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?


Separation Anxiety Disorder is a disorder that reflects developmentally excessive and inappropriate fear and/or anxiety regarding separation from those to whom the individual feels attached. This anxiety or fear is demonstrated by various recurrent behaviors that involve avoidance of separation from major attachment figures or significant anxiety when such separation does occur.


What are the Symptoms of Separation Anxiety?

Common symptoms of separation anxiety disorder include excessive distress when anticipating or experiencing separation from attachment figures, persistent nightmares involving the idea of separation, excessive worry about losing major attachment figures, and persistent refusal to go out due to fear of separation.

Children with separation anxiety disorder often experience generalized anxiety disorder and specific phobia. Adults with separation anxiety may also suffer from specific phobia, PTSD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, depressive and bipolar disorders.