Introduction

Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is characterized by an extreme fear and significant distress about being away from home or caregivers that affect a child’s ability to function socially and academically. These children have a great need to stay home or be close to their parents and may worry excessively when they are apart. Unlike the occasional mild worries a child may feel at times of separation, separation anxiety disorder affects the child’s ability to engage in ordinary activities.