Separation Anxiety Disorder
By Beatriz Gutierrez
What is it?
-They may exhibit social withdrawal, apathy, sadness, or difficulty concentrating
-They have persistent and excessive worry about losing, or about possible harm befalling, major attachment figures.
-It lasts 4 weeks in children and adolescents and typically 6 months or more in adults.
-Concerns about death or dying are common.
-When alone, especially in the evening, young children may report unusual perceptual experiences like: seeing people peering into their room, scary creatures reaching for them, etc.
-Children with SAD tend to come from families that are close knit.