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Separation Anxiety: More Than Just the Back-to-School Blues
Date:8/23/2013

n an effort to limit time spent away from home, a child may avoid participating in activities such as play dates, sleepovers at other children's homes or school trips.

  •     Trouble sleeping. A child may have trouble falling asleep without a parent or caregiver present and may come into the parent's bedroom at night with separation fears. In some instances the child may have nightmares about separation.
  •     Frequent physical complaints. A child may experience headaches, fear of choking or vomiting, difficulty swallowing – especially swallowing pills – and stomach aches in the morning on school days. Once at school the child may visit the nurse's office several times in one day seeking to return home.
  • Although parents and school staff can make accommodations for children with separation anxiety disorder, many children continue to suffer even after substantial accommodations have been made.

    There are proven treatments for separation anxiety that can make a big difference in a child's life, school functioning and relationships with parents. Treatments can include specific forms of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy and medication used alone or in combination with psychotherapy.

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