Separation Anxiety: Diagnosis

For a diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder, a clinician looks for distress in being separated from parents or caregivers that is excessive for a child’s age and prevents him from participating in age-appropriate activities. To meet diagnostic criteria, the symptoms the child demonstrates must be persistent, lasting for at least four weeks, and cause impairment in his ability to function at school and with friends.

Why Childhood Anxiety Often Goes Undetected (and the Consequences)