Anxiety is being worried or nervous. Separation anxiety is the normal reaction of young children to get upset and cry when someone they're attached to—usually their mother—leaves the room. It usually starts when babies are about 8 months old and lasts until they're about 2 or 3. Separation anxiety disorder is different.
Separation anxiety disorder is when:
A child with separation anxiety disorder:
Often, the child seems so desperate that parents can't bear to leave the child. That can affect the child's life because the child may:
Sometimes, a child may also have physical symptoms such as: