What is Seperation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is an excessive fear of being away from someone that the child is comfortable being with. The signs of separation anxiety are similar to school phobia.

School Phobia and Separation Anxiety

Seperation anxiety usually shows itself when the child gets to about 6-7 months of age. They’re just starting to develop loving relationships with the people caring for them and they get anxious when they’re seperated from them, even if it’s for a short time.


Seperation Anxiety


SA can carry on for a few years, but it’s usually passed by the time they reach the age of 3 or 4 years old.

In these older children, you’ll usually find it comes up when, maybe they’re staying with their grandparents, or with a friend and after a short time, they want to go home again.

They’re not always able to explain why exactly, they just want to go home.

When a child reaches a certain age, they can sometimes develop a ‘school phobia’. This is where the child becomes excessively fearful of going to school.

They’ll then create reasons why they shouldn’t go to school, or complain of ailments such as toothache, headache, stomach ache, etc., so they can stay home.


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School phobia is often linked to separation anxiety, because they can both seem to be an anxiety about being away from loved ones. However, with School Phobia, it’s about what their going to, rather than what they’re leaving behind.



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Steve, the Founder of Teen Anxiety UK, has been writing books and articles about various aspects of Psychology since 2006.

His formal qualifications include Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Child Psychology.

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