Separation anxiety involves excessive anxiety when a child is expecting to be separated from home or a loved one (such as a parent or a caregiver). This can lead to difficulty developing and maintaining friendships and decreased school attendance and performance.
Tommy is a seven-year-old who often pleads for his mom to not go out in the evening. He also demands that he go everywhere that she goes when leaving the house to run errands. He frequently complains of stomach aches on school mornings and asks to stay home from school. While he used to have many friends, since his problem started he has declined going over to other children’s homes to play.