Adults and parents aren’t the only ones who feel anxiety about changes at work or in life; children and teens tend to feel anxious about changes they encounter in school such as new schedules, separation anxiety and the like. Recently, psychologist Robin Goodman and NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman, sat down with Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show to talk about the causes of school anxiety and how to tell the difference between normal anxiousness and too much stress.
While studies have shown that one in eight children suffer from an anxiety disorder, school tends to be an added stress for many. From preschoolers and elementary school kids who feel scared when leaving their parent’s side to high school students dealing with peer pressure and the push for college, kids are taking on daily tasks that can become overwhelming if not identified early on.
Signs that a real problem may exist include a child crying or protesting going to school, having melt-downs when being dropped off and ceasing engagement with friends. The transitions of classes, work loads, unfamiliar faces and environments can affect a child’s stress level–something parents should keep an eye on through the years.
“It’s the intensity and longevity of the worry that should trigger a parent’s attention,” says psychologist Robin Goodman. “Everyone worries sometimes,” Goodman told TODAY. “But there are some people, even children, who just can’t stop or ignore their worries. When the worries and fears don’t go away, are inappropriate for their age, and stop children from engaging in their usual activities, then an anxiety disorder might be present.”
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BMWK — Have you noted anxiety in your children at the start of a new school year or semester? Do you feel this anxiety is normal for them? How have you helped them deal with it and what advice do you have for other parents?