Separation anxiety is a normal stage of emotional development that starts when babies begin to understand that things and people exist even when they're not present - a concept called object permanence. At certain stages, most babies or toddlers become upset at the prospect or reality of being separated from their parent. If you think about separation anxiety in evolutionary terms, it makes sense: A defenseless baby would naturally get upset over being taken away from the person who protects and cares for him. Separation anxiety can get frustrating for both children and parents which is a common phase in childhood as they fear abandonment.
The symptoms of separation anxiety are as follows:
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