A) Mark, a 5-year-old boy, constantly worries about his mother. Whenever she leaves for any reason, he'll repeatedly ask questions about where she is going, how long she'll be gone, and what time she will return. He becomes highly distressed upon being left with other caretakers, and it limits their ability to go out. Mark often expresses concerns that his mother would die if they were not together.
B) An 8-year-old girl, Melissa, calls her mother repeatedly on her cell phone whenever she's at work to find out when she will be coming home. She experiences extreme anxiety in sleeping over at friends' homes, and has difficulty falling asleep even in her own home if her mother is not around. She often asks her mother to lie down with her prior to going to sleep, and on evenings when her mother works late (well past Melissa's bedtime), she would stay awake until her mother returned home.
C) Jared, a 7-year-old boy, has trouble separating from his parents to go to school in the morning. He also worries about getting picked up on time, and will express concerns that stormy weather might interfere with a prompt pickup, or that his parents might forget and be late. He also exhibits a phobia about his parents being out of sight. For example, he is unable to participate in sports practice if his parents are not within his field of vision. Jared also expresses worries that his parents might die or that he would be taken away and not see them again. His separation anxiety was increasingly interfering with his ability to attend birthday parties or other social events.