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separation anxiety

the normal fear and apprehension expressed by infants when removed from their mothers or approached by strangers.
any similar reaction in later life caused by separation from familiar surroundings or close friends or family. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for separation anxiety
  • Its wireless sub has separation anxiety and refused to operate more than a few yards from the main unit.
  • Psychological impacts of long-term separation anxiety.
  • Psychological impacts of long-term separation anxiety.
  • Maxwell suffers from separation anxiety and extreme dog aggression, he goes crazy at the sight of other dogs.
  • Initial separation anxiety aside, you won't even miss your car.
  • For others, being away from their phone will almost certainly cause separation anxiety.
  • Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behavior problems when they're left alone.
British Dictionary definitions for separation anxiety

separation anxiety

(psychoanal) a state of distress felt at the prospect of being separated from a familiar or beloved person
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separation anxiety in Medicine

separation anxiety sep·a·ra·tion anxiety (sěp'ə-rā'shən)
A child's apprehension or fear associated with his or her separation from a parent or other significant person.

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