Separation anxiety

Published: January, 2007

Parting is not sweet sorrow for children — and adults — who can't tolerate being away from the people they love.

Young children hate to be separated from their parents. These fears appear toward the end of the first year, when they begin to sense that their parents will not always be with them and give signs of discomfort in the presence of people they don't know well. This normal separation anxiety peaks around age 2 and persists, slowly diminishing, through age 6 or 7.

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