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What are the symptoms of separation anxiety?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Several things: I assume you mean what happens with a child when his or her parents leave? Many believe this has to do with the reactions upon departure and the child's change in behaviors. In fact, separation anxiety can occur upon re-unification. What happens, especially with younger children is for example, when mommy comes back and the child sees her, the child becomes unglued realizing she was gone.
Dr. Valerie Hines
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Normal at 8-14 mo: Separation anxiety refers to a developmental stage in which a child experiences anxiety due to separation from the primary care giver (usually the mother). This phase is fairly standard at around 8 months of age and can last until the child is 14 months old. They are inappropriate for older children and may indicate separation anxiety disorder.

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What is separation anxiety?

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 10 years experience
See answer: It's a normal part of development, and it usually happens around 8-9 months of age and may last until a year or so. The child experiences anxiety when separated from the primary caregiver (usually the mother) and might cry, cling to that caregiver.
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What to do if I have anxiety and separation anxiety?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 46 years experience
Anxiety is normal to: Help us be aware of possible danger. Separation anxiety occurs in some when away from support persons. Anxiety disorder occurs if anxiety causes distress or impairs function. Anxiety management strategies are very helpful for most but evaluation and therapy may be necessary if anxiety is more severe and unmanageable. Best regards in your search for relief.

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