Testing & Diagnosis for Separation Anxiety Disorder in Children

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Contact the Department of Psychiatry

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How is separation anxiety disorder diagnosed?

A child may be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder if symptoms:

  • Are present for at least six months
  • Cause significant distress for the child
  • Do not go away, no matter how much the child tries to relax or stop worrying
  • Impair functioning at home, at school, or with peers

If my child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, what happens next?

The clinician who evaluates your child will make recommendations for treatment. These may include: parent guidance, especially around keeping the child involved in her activities, child therapy, and, sometimes, anti-anxiety medication.

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