Whilst most Anxiety Disorders are generally presented across the lifespan, one exception occurs. Separation Anxiety Disorder is an anxiety disorder that is only diagnosed in childhood.
Children with SAD experience recurrent and excessive fear regarding their separation from home or their loved ones. The fear involves dangers that may occur to these individuals or to the children themselves. This leads to their reluctance or refusal to be separated from their loved ones, to be alone, or to be away from home. Separation anxiety may also present in the form of nightmares or complains of physical symptoms when separation occurs or is pending.