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Separation Anxiety (cont.)

Questions to Ask the Doctor

  • Can you perform an evaluation to determine if my child is socially isolated due to anxiety or depression?


  • Can you perform or refer for a family assessment?


  • How can the child be supported in the school environment to prevent secondary school refusal?


  • What other tests should be performed to rule out other causes of anxiety symptoms?
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Anxiety Disorder: Separation Anxiety and School Refusal »

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), separation anxiety is a fairly common anxiety disorder that consists of excessive anxiety beyond that expected for the child's developmental level related to separation or impending separation from the attachment figure (eg, primary caretaker, close family member) occurring in children younger than 18 years and lasting for at least 4 weeks.

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