Separation Anxiety: What Is It?

Children with separation anxiety disorder experience extreme distress when they are separated from parents or caregivers. Difficulty separating is normal in early childhood development; it becomes a disorder if the fear and anxiety interfere with age-appropriate behavior. Symptoms of separation anxiety disorder commonly become noticeable in preschool and early grammar school, but in rare cases it becomes problematic later, in early adolescence.

What Is Separation Anxiety?