- Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a common, treatable anxiety disorder characterized by excessive fear and anxiety about being away from attachment figures (such as parents) or home.
- Youth with SAD avoid separation situations (e.g., refusing to attend school, sleep alone, or be left with a babysitter), worry about the safety of self and/or attachment figures, and experience physical symptoms of anxiety (e.g., stomachaches and headaches).
- Adults with SAD also avoid separation situations, which may include avoiding going away to college or separating from their spouse/children.
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Last updated: January 8, 2022
Drake, Kelly, and Golda S Ginsburg. "Separation Anxiety Disorder." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2022. Johns Hopkins Guides, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787052/2.2/Separation_Anxiety_Disorder.
Drake K, Ginsburg S. Separation Anxiety Disorder. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2022. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787052/2.2/Separation_Anxiety_Disorder. Accessed December 1, 2023.
Drake, K., & Ginsburg, . S. (2022). Separation Anxiety Disorder. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787052/2.2/Separation_Anxiety_Disorder
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