What are symptoms of separation anxiety disorder?
The child has an unrealistic and lasting worry that something bad will happen to their parent or caregiver if the child leaves or that something bad will happen to them if they leave the caregiver.
Some other common symptoms are:
- Refusal to go to school
- Refusal to go to sleep without the caregiver nearby or to sleep away from home
- Fear of being alone
- Nightmares about being separated
- Bed wetting
- Complaints of headaches and stomachaches on school days
- Repeated temper tantrums or pleading
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