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The separation of adult separation anxiety disorder

The separation of adult separation anxiety disorder
The separation of adult separation anxiety disorder
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) categorization of mental disorders places “separation anxiety disorder” within the broad group of anxiety disorders, and its diagnosis no longer rests on establishing an onset during childhood or adolescence. In previous editions of DSM, it was included within the disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, with the requirement for an onset of symptoms before the age of 18 years: symptomatic adults could only receive a retrospective diagnosis, based on establishing this early onset. The new position of separation anxiety disorder is based upon the findings of epidemiological studies that revealed the unexpectedly high prevalence of the condition in adults, often in individuals with an onset of symptoms after the teenage years; its prominent place within the DSM-5 group of anxiety disorders should encourage further research into its epidemiology, etiology, and treatment. This review examines the clinical features and boundaries of the condition, and offers guidance on how it can be distinguished from other anxiety disorders and other mental disorders in which “separation anxiety” may be apparent.
1092-8529
289-294
Baldwin, David
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Gordon, Robert
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Abelli, Marianna
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Pini, Stefano
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Baldwin, David
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Gordon, Robert
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Abelli, Marianna
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Baldwin, David, Gordon, Robert, Abelli, Marianna and Pini, Stefano (2016) The separation of adult separation anxiety disorder. CNS Spectrums, 21 (4), 289-294. (doi:10.1017/S1092852916000080).

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) categorization of mental disorders places “separation anxiety disorder” within the broad group of anxiety disorders, and its diagnosis no longer rests on establishing an onset during childhood or adolescence. In previous editions of DSM, it was included within the disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, with the requirement for an onset of symptoms before the age of 18 years: symptomatic adults could only receive a retrospective diagnosis, based on establishing this early onset. The new position of separation anxiety disorder is based upon the findings of epidemiological studies that revealed the unexpectedly high prevalence of the condition in adults, often in individuals with an onset of symptoms after the teenage years; its prominent place within the DSM-5 group of anxiety disorders should encourage further research into its epidemiology, etiology, and treatment. This review examines the clinical features and boundaries of the condition, and offers guidance on how it can be distinguished from other anxiety disorders and other mental disorders in which “separation anxiety” may be apparent.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 March 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 August 2016
Published date: 9 August 2016
Organisations: Clinical & Experimental Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 403477
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403477
ISSN: 1092-8529
PURE UUID: 5bd9ff82-5124-429b-82dd-c8311805dbef

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Date deposited: 02 Dec 2016 10:17
Last modified: 14 Aug 2019 18:00

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Author: David Baldwin
Author: Robert Gordon
Author: Marianna Abelli
Author: Stefano Pini

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