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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.
Dr. Matthew Keener
Child Psychiatry 17 years experience
The "camp cries": Often really seen for the first time when kids go away to camp separation anxiety is when a child has an overwhelming anxiety response when separated from their caregiver. Like homesickness on steroids and it can happen anywhere, like a sleepover or even just going to school in the morning.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
In infancy: Separation anxiety is a normal developmental milestone at 9-12 months that means your baby has " object permanence, " a mental representation of someone/something he can't see. Separation anxiety disorder in older children includes their worrying that something bad will happen to their parent or themselves while separated.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can be done about separation anxiety?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Start shorter: Work from very short to longer separation. No surprises. Don't give in when crying starts. Come back after crying stops. Goal is to teach ability to tolerate anxiety, followed by re-assurance that you will be back. Don't teach crying causes you to come back.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Boyfriend has separation anxiety, what to do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Does he really have: Separation anxiety or is he overly dependent? Is he addicted to you? Well, this is an issue that he has to be willing to address. He might want to see a psychologist to deal with his relationship issues. Take care.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I get over separation anxiety?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 33 years experience
Separation anxiety: Psychotherapy helps. Your doctor can also recommend medications if symptoms severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning.

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