Separation anxiety disorder

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What is separation anxiety disorder?

Separation anxiety disorder is a psychological condition in which an individual experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment causing difficulties for day-to-day living.

Common symptoms reported by people with separation anxiety disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with separation anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with separation anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with separation anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
bowel irritability crying easily 8 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
headaches nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with separation anxiety disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has separation anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 41
30s 28
40s 46
50s 19
60s 11
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 52
20-29 years 13
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 48
Not Diagnosed 48

These charts show data from separation anxiety disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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