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Separation Anxiety
9 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Anxiety Disorder, Blog, Psychology. Posted By: Sara Czubak, M.A., L.L.P.

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a psychological disorder most commonly found in infants and young children. The disorder is characterized by a significant amount of fear and distress while experiencing the absence of an attachment figure such as a parent or caretaker. A child with SAD can experience severe psychological distress from even the anticipation of separation. Children may refuse to go out without the attachment figure and be extremely fearful of unlikely events such as being kidnapped or the death of the attachment figure.  Physical symptoms such as headaches and gastrointestinal symptoms can also be experienced. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be helpful in recognizing and managing SAD symptoms and behaviors.

 

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