Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage experienced by a child when separated from the primary caregiver. It typically manifests itself as crying and distress when a child is away from a parent or from home.

  1. Separation anxiety manifests itself in a variety of physical and behavioral ways, including:
  2. Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches, particularly when they occur persistently in anticipation of separation from parents
  3. Not wanting parents to be out of sight: following them around the house, requests to sleep in the parents' bed at night
  4. Nightmares about parents being gone or leaving
  5. Excessive worry about family members’ safety or the child’s own safety
  6. Excessive worry or panic when anticipating or experiencing a separation from home
  7. Refusal to go to school or other activities away from home