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Introduction

Separation anxiety is a normal phase of child development, beginning in the first year of life (6-12 mo) and peaking around 18 months.

  • Separation anxiety that persists past 6 years of age, is generally pathological, or signifies a separation anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety is distinct from the phenomenon of "stranger anxiety" which peaks in the first year of life, and generally resolves by 24 months.

Epidemiology

DSM-IV and DSM 5

Presentation

Treatment=