Definition of separation anxiety in English:

separation anxiety

Line breaks: sep¦ar|ation anx|iety

noun

[mass noun] Psychiatry
  • Anxiety provoked in a young child by separation or the threat of separation from its mother or main carer.
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    • The treatment summarized in this article has empirical evidence for producing positive treatment response in children with social phobia, separation anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder.
    • Indeed, closely aligned and overlapping neurochemical circuits may underlie separation anxiety and panic.
    • Additionally, they exhibited other unusual postures and perseverative behaviors and fail to evince normal separation anxiety when removed from their mothers.

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