Separation anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder in children ages 12 and younger, and symptoms can emerge as early as age 2.
The causes aren’t entirely clear.
Genetics play a role – if one or both parents have an anxiety disorder of any kind, their children are more likely to have separation anxiety disorder.
The disorder can also be triggered in the wake of a stressful life event, like a high-conflict divorce or child custody dispute.
Parents who are concerned that their child may be showing signs of separation anxiety disorder should see a therapist who specializes in treating pediatric anxiety.
If left untreated, anxiety disorders increase the risk of other mental health conditions such as depression.
Treatment generally involves using cognitive behavioral therapy to help kids learn to manage symptoms plus training to help manage tantrums.
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