Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Characterized by excessive fear about being separated from caregivers or the home. These children experience constant thoughts and intense fears about the safety of caregivers – they may even fear that a family member may die. They tend to be very clingy and have difficulty being alone and sleeping away from home. They also often refuse to go to school and tend to panic or tantrum at times of separation from their parents. Children with separation anxiety often have nightmares and trouble sleeping. In addition, the disorder may be accompanied by depression, sadness, and withdrawal.

Helpful Websites

The Child Anxiety Network
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Help Guide

Books for Parents & Caregivers

Helping Your Child Overcome Separation Anxiety or School Refusal: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
By Andrew Eisen, Linda B. Engler & Joshua Sparrow

Books for Children & Teens

I Don’t Want to go to School: Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety
By Nancy Pando & Cathy Voerg