Separation Anxiety Disorder

Categorized as an anxiety disorder, separation anxiety is diagnosed when there is a developmentally inappropriate amount of anxiety when separated from a loved one. Children may exhibit social withdrawal, sadness, difficulty concentrating, even apathy. Diagnostic criteria include:

David’s approach to treating separation anxiety is to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help identify and manage the anxiety. Play and art therapy techniques may be utilized with younger children. The need for medication may be addressed, depending on the severity of the anxiety.

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David Abrams

David Abrams, MAPC, LPC

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