psychological disorder where someone is afraid to be separated from a person, or sometimes even a pet or an object. Whether the anxiety arises when being separated for a few hours or more extended periods, that depends on the severity of the disorder.The American Psychiatric Association has created a list of potential symptoms.
Most are psychological, but some can be physical. People with separation anxiety feel unusual distress at the thought of being away from someone.
They are afraid and feel excessive worry about being alone. They need to know where their loved ones are at all times and constantly worry about others being harmed if left unattended.