Separation anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that usually begins in childhood and is characterized by worrying that is out of proportion to the situation of temporarily leaving home or otherwise separating from loved ones. Approximately 4%-5% of children and adolescents suffer from separation anxiety disorder.
The symptoms of separation anxiety includes persistently and excessively fearful or reluctant to be alone or without major attachment figures at home or without significant adults in other settings, persistent reluctance or refusal to go to sleep without being near a near a major attachment figure or to sleep away from home, repeated nightmares involving the theme of separation, repeated complaints of physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, nausea, or vomiting) when separation from major attachment figures occurs or is anticipated, repeated nightmares about being separated from the people who are important to the sufferer.
Depressive Disorders were concurrently present in 23.7% of adolescents with AD, while 13.9% had concurrently only MDD, 8.3% had only DysD and 1.5% had both. More adolescents with AD had multiple mood disorders than otherwise. Twenty percent of adolescents with Panic Disorder, 12.1% with Generalised anxiety Disorder, 5.3% with Separation Anxiety Disorder and 12% with Social Anxiety Disorder had Depressive Disorders.