Separation Anxiety (cont.)
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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 Nemours Foundation, Separation Anxiety
MedlinePlus, Separation Anxiety
The Child Anxiety Network, Separation Anxiety Disorder
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
Bettina E Bernstein, DO
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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.