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Separation Anxiety (cont.)

Support Groups and Counseling

Family therapy and group therapy support groups can be helpful as long as the child does not experience an increase in anxiety symptoms with these approaches.

For More Information

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Nemours Foundation, Separation Anxiety

MedlinePlus, Separation Anxiety

The Child Anxiety Network, Separation Anxiety Disorder

Temple University Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Medically reviewed by Ashraf Ali, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with subspecialty in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2014
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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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