Mental Health Very young children (those between 8 and 14 months old) often go through a phase when they are "clingy" and afraid of unfamiliar people and places. This is normal. When this fear occurs in a child over age 6, is excessive and lasts longer than four weeks, it may indicate that the child has separation anxiety disorder.
Separation Anxiety Unfortunately, teary and tantrum-filled goodbyes are a very common part of a child's earliest years. Around the first birthday, it is common for kids to develop separation anxiety, getting upset when a parent tries to leave them with someone else. Though separation anxiety is a perfectly normal part of childhood development, it can be unsettling. Understanding what your child is going through and having a few coping strategies in mind can go a long way toward helping both of you get through it.
Anxiety Disorders Provides a brief overview of the symptoms and treatment of the major anxiety disorders: panic disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; social phobia; specific phobias; and generalized anxiety disorder.
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Child Anxiety Network The Child Anxiety Network is designed to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety.
CHILDREN WHO WON'T GO TO SCHOOL - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Going to school usually is an exciting, enjoyable event for young children. For some it brings fear or panic. Parents have cause for concern when their child regularly feels sick from tension, "plays sick" or with minor physical complaints wishes to stay home from school. Not wanting to go to school is most common in children 5-7 and 11-14, times when children are dealing with the new challenges of elementary and middle school. (Separation Anxiety)
Healing the Hurt of Separation How to handle children's griefs and fears of separation so that your child gains confidence and sheds the fears he carries.
How to stop your child's separation anxiety Everyone has to say goodbye sometime in their lives, sometimes the goodbyes are temporary, and sometimes they are permanent. For children it can be very difficult to tell the difference between a temporary and a permanent goodbye. It is often because of this that children suffer from separation anxiety. This is especially true in young children who have not yet learned how to tell the difference.
Making Goodbyes Easier for Children and Parents It is never easy for a young child to say "goodbye" to mother or father, especially to the parent who spends the most time with him or her--who provides food to ease hunger pains and kisses to make "bumps" well. Children, especially those under three years of age, can't bear to see their parents leave. It is also hard for parents to say "goodbye" to children who cry and cling to them.
Separation Anxiety And Fantasy: Crisis For Hospitalized Children Hospitalized children lace separation anxiety from their parents. Pain augmented by anxiety, even if the pain is slight, is remembered for a long time and is often fueled by fantasies. The hospitalized child is in a crisis. The manner in which this crisis is handled by parents and the hospital is of major importance to the child's recovery.
Separation Anxiety Disorder Of Childhood - European Description It is normal for toddlers and preschool children to show a degree of anxiety over real or threatened separation from people to whom they are attached. Separation anxiety disorder should be diagnosed only when fear over separation constitutes the focus of the anxiety and when such anxiety arises during the early years.
Separation Anxiety: Why They Cry It's only natural for young children to become upset and cry when separated from their parents. While this can be frustrating for parents who must leave their children in day care, parents may be relieved to learn that separation anxiety is time limited.