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Pediatric Separation Anxiety Disorder

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?

Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD) includes extreme anxiety (fear and nervousness) concerning separation from parents or loved ones. Although some amount of anxiety related to separating from parents is normal, children and teens with SAD react to separation with feelings and behaviors that are not considered normal for their age. Their sense of safety is highly dependent upon their parent being present. Children with SAD often have other fears as well, including fear of thieves and robbers, car accidents, the dark or going places where they will be separated from their parents. Children and teens with SAD sometimes refuse to go to school. Symptoms must be present for at least one month for a child or teen to be diagnosed with SAD.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Lilia Mucka Andrew

Lilia Andrew

Director, Research in Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Steven Hardy

Steven Hardy

Director, Psychology and Patient Care Services for CCBD
Psychologist
Adelaide Robb

Adelaide Robb

Division Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Children's National Hospital

Mi-Young Ryee

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Erin Sadler

Erin Sadler

Co-Director, Mood Disorders Program
Director, CPP Services
Psychologist
Ayman Saleh

Ayman Saleh

Medical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry and Takoma Theatre Outpatient Clinic
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Laura Willing

Laura Willing

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
DCMAP Children's National Hospital Site Lead
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Departments

Departments

Anxiety Disorders Program

The Anxiety Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital is a specialized treatment clinic devoted to carefully assessing and effectively treating a wide range of anxiety disorders common among children and adolescents.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National offers assessment, diagnosis and care for children and teens with behavioral, emotional and developmental disorders.