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What is the treatment for separation anxiety disorder?

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Most mild cases of separation anxiety disorder don't need medical treatment. But for more severe cases, or when the child refuses to go to school, the goals of treatment include reducing anxiety in the child, developing a sense of security in the child and the caregivers, and educating the child and their family and caregivers about the need for natural separations. Treatment may include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Antidepressant or other anti-anxiety medications

From: Separation Anxiety in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCE: 

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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