Talk:Separation anxiety disorder

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This page (on July 3, 2005) looks a lot like:

Why does separation anxiety redirect here when the article clearly states, "Separation Anxiety Disorder should not be confused with Separation Anxiety, which occurs as "a normal stage of development for healthy, secure babies." ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:50, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Agree with above. Perhaps make Separation Anxiety a short blurb but on a page by itself? I don't know how to start a new page. (Oh, and how do I make my comment indented so that it's obvious it is a reply to the above comment?) Wiki88V (talk) 21:03, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Is this appropriate, given the copyright noted at the bottom of the linked page?

- I just took a look at the page, and that looks a LOT like DSM-IV requirements for meeting a psychological condition. Just like depression and anxiety disorders have requirements that must be met in order to be diagnosed. Just my two bits, I'm really not sure about copyright information

Edited the treatment section of this page. Sources were not credible and the section was organized and difficult to follow. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lindsey.cobb (talkcontribs) 14:24, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Medical guidelines[edit]

Please see WP:MEDMOS and WP:MEDRS for how to organize and source medical articles. This Dispatch is helpful in locating the correct kinds of sources (secondary reviews): Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-06-30/Dispatches.

This template filler is helpful in generating citations from a PubMed identified (PMID). SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:40, 24 April 2012 (UTC) I found an article that was last updated October 2012 on the seperation anxiety being a normal development stage in children. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Heatherj16 (talkcontribs) 23:49, 31 October 2012 (UTC)


Recent reviews are preferable to older sources or non-WP:MEDRS compliant sources. Eight to eleven-year-old books are not good sources for an article of this nature.

Here are some recent reviews that should be using in expanding this article.

Those are samples only-- there are hundreds of reviews listed in PubMed, many recent, and there is no reason to use an 11-year-old book to expand this article. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 16:35, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

My source was released just this summer, and printed last month. Refer below. --Acook196 (talk) 06:18, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Working on this page[edit]

My group is going to be doing some work on this page. Does anyone have any suggestions about what's next? (talk) 03:04, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

I, along with several others would like to begin working on this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:22, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Welcome! As you can see, I moved your comment down, which is where new comments should be written. Lova Falk talk 14:29, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
And as for the question about what is next, here comes my suggestion. I work in child psychiatry, and very often we find that separation anxiety disorder is part of a family system. The child's anxiety to separate from the mother can be a reflection of the mother's anxiety to let her child go. In this article, the identified patient is the child, and there is no mention of the family. It would be very interesting if you could find some sources on a family systems approach towards separation anxiety disorder, and write a section about it. Lova Falk talk 14:42, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Well then should we add a section to the article on children and early symptoms found in children for this disorder. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MadelynnG (talkcontribs) 21:27, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Hello, I added a bit from a recent review on the neural substrates associated with childhood anxiety disorders. If anyone has more information on this topic there is a place for it now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Acook196 (talkcontribs) 06:13, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Removed content[edit]

Not sure why my information was taken out in that previous edit, if it is a matter of formatting I wouldn't mind the section being moved or combined with another more fitting section. Acook196 (talk) 21:11, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

I have looked into the history of this page, and no explanation was given. I don't understand it either. I'll revert to your last edit and hopefully people explain their edits. However, I saw that your text about Neural correlates is kept. But the other revert, I don't understand either. Lova Falk talk 17:17, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
My apologies for the removal of content. Alysa.dempsey was rewriting the page as part of a project, and she copied the text to a sandbox so she could work on it. I'm guessing what happened is that because she copied the text before you added the section, she didn't see that the text had been added and didn't incorporate it into her version. I have no issues with the section myself (speaking as someone who knows very little about this subject, that is), and have no plans to remove it again. GorillaWarfare (talk) 20:20, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Non-pharmacological Treatment[edit]

I just wanted to add to the Non-pharmacological section underneath "Treatment" to be a little more detailed about non-pharmacological treatments. I think adding a good example would be very beneficial to our readers.

Proposed addition:

Counseling tends to be the best replacement for drug treatments. The types of counseling typically used to treat separation anxiety disorder include behavioral, cognitive, and individual psychotherapies, as well as parent counseling and guiding teachers on how to help the child.[1]

Akimbo21 (talk) 18:38, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Akimbo21, and thank you for your addition. Your text is relevant, even though the source is not the best (please see WP:MEDRS. More importantly, you copypasted the text from the website, instead of using your own words - and copypasting is not allowed. Could you rephrase? Lova Falk talk 15:22, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Proposed sources and changes[edit]

Initially, we wanted to do this assignment on an article pertaining to some form of anxiety disorder due to its abundance in society. Our group chose to edit the article “Separation Anxiety Disorders” because we found it to be lacking in depth in certain sections, particularly those pertaining to therapy. The website itself had a disclaimer at the top of the page claiming that some of the sources were out of date and/or not fully reliable, so we also thought that we might be able to find and add some more credible accounts. We find this article of particular relevance because it is important to understand the distinction between the normal distress a child experiences when no longer in the presence of a caregiver and when such distress reaches a point where the child has trouble functioning, thus becoming a disorder. We are also curious on how separation anxiety persists and morphs throughout the lifespan rather than just focusing on the childhood time period.

The current article has a few paragraphs at the beginning describing Separation Anxiety Disorder and how it affects those who suffer from it. Right now, the following sections are a part of the Wikipedia page:

1. Prevalence 2. Classification 3. Criteria for diagnosis 4. Assessment methods and tools 4.1 Self-report measures 4.2 Observation 4.3 Assessment of preschool-aged children 5. Contributing factors and etiology 5.1 Environmental 5.2 Genetic and physiological 6. In the academic setting 7. Neural correlates 8. Treatment 8.1 Non-pharmacological 8.1.1 Behavioral therapy 8.1.2 Contingency management 8.1.3 Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 8.2 Pharmacological 9. Prognosis 10. Longitudinal effects

We plan to leave this current structure and add citations and any additional details that we feel could add to the article’s accuracy and completeness.

Sources: PsycArticles, PsycInfo, and PubMed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anxious106 (talkcontribs) 23:11, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Separation anxiety disorder/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

More information is needed in this article with regard to the differences between separation anxiety and the disorder associated with it. The article says that they should not be confused but does not give a definition of how they differ from one another.

Last edited at 14:43, 17 September 2008 (UTC).

Substituted at 05:46, 30 April 2016 (UTC)