Separation Anxiety

By: Alaina Boone

Informational Facts

1. The first symptoms of separation anxiety include

- An unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to the other person if the affected person leaves

- Refusal to go to school or work in order to stay with that other person or persons

- Refusal to go to sleep without that person nearby or refusal to sleep away from home

- Generalized fear of being alone

- Nightmares about being separated from that other person

2. Separation anxiety often develops after a significant stressful event (hospital visit, death, divorce, moving...)

3. Separation anxiety affects approximately 4%-5% of children in The United States ages 7-11 years old. This is less common in teenagers, affecting only about 1.3%

4. This certain form of anxiety is diagnosed on signs and symptoms, beginning with an evaluation by a physician including medical history reports and physical exams

5. Treatment through psychotherapy and medication such as anti-depressants and other anti-anxiety disorders

6. Future outlook on children with anxiety disorders, specifically separation anxiety get better over time although certain symptoms may occur for many years after

7. There is no possible way to prevent separation anxiety

8. The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent, lasting at least 4 weeks in children and 6 months or more in adults

9. Many children with one anxiety disorder also have another disorder as well, therefore they are at risk for depression, panic disorders, and social anxiety disorders

10. Most individuals respond rapidly to treatment, sometimes even within a matter of days

Helping Your Kindergartener with Separation Anxiety

Research reflection

I chose this condition specifically out of all of the others on the powerpoint specifically because it is very overlooked and the effects are seen as "childish." Although, it is possible for adults to develop this disorder later in life, which I was unaware of. Overall, most of the statistics surprised me especially the time it takes to consider it a severe. It should be something paid more attention to considering it affects almost 5% of children within a five year range.