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What is separation anxiety?

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

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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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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. Stefania Lima
Dr. Stefania Lima
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Matthew Keener
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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