Separation Anxiety Disorder:

Does your child have excessive anxiety regarding separation from a caregiver or from home? A person with separation anxiety disorder experiences recurrent, excessive distress in these situations. Common symptoms include the following:

  • worries about losing, or about possible harm to, a caregiver

  • fears something bad will happen that will lead to separation from a caregiver (e.g., getting lost or being kidnapped)

  • refuses to go to school or somewhere else

  • fearful of being alone without a caregiver

  • refuses to go to sleep without being near a caregiver

  • has nightmares involving the theme of separation

  • complains of physical symptoms when separation from a caregiver is anticipated

Separation anxiety disorder causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, academic, or other areas of a person’s life.

Treatment for separation anxiety disorder in Philadelphia:

Dr. Braunstein offers supportive, evidence-based therapy for children and adolescents with separation anxiety disorder, tailored to their specific needs and preferences. Contact Dr. Braunstein to schedule an initial visit at her office in Center City Philadelphia.

Helpful external resources for separation anxiety disorder:

Helpguide - separation anxiety disorder