Managing Anxiety in School: Children, Teens and College Students

Eileen Bailey Health Guide August 04, 2011
  • It's that time of year again. Across the country children and parents are once again preparing for a new school year. While some children have already backed their back-packs and lunches and headed out to meet new teachers, others are still buying supplies and clothes. Many children look forward to the day with excitement, even those that don't like school, look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Some children look forward to having something to do all day, as the long days of summer start to get monotonous. But for children with anxiety and their parents, the first day of school brings a host of new worries and old concerns.


    To help you through the upcoming school year, I went through AnxietyConnection.com to find the best articles we have on anxiety in school. I am sure you will find a lot of valuable information and insights to help your children. If you have questions or concerns or are looking for information that isn't yet on our site, please, post a comment and let me know. I'll do my best to find the information you are looking for.

    How Does Anxiety in School Appear?

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in School - Children with OCD may go to great lengths to try to hide their behaviors. Being aware of the symptoms helps parents and teachers help children cope with symptoms of OCD in the classroom.
    Social Anxiety in Children - Many children are nervous about giving oral presentations or worried about classmates liking them. If your child's fears are interfering with their ability to learn, it may be a sign of social anxiety.

    Separation Anxiety - Separation anxiety normally begins when a child is 7 to 8 months old and by the time they reach school age has subsided. For some, separation anxiety continues and can impede a child's ability to go to school.

    Classroom Anxiety - Although anxiety does not necessarily impact a child's academic abilities, it can affect their ability to learn.

    Signs and Warnings of Teen Anxiety in High School - It is sometimes hard to know whether your teen is feeling the normal insecurities of simply being a teen or if there is something more going on.

    Managing School Phobia and Back to School Anxiety

    School Phobia - A child's fear of going to school can show up as physical symptoms, such as frequently complaining of headaches or stomach aches. It can be caused by worry about performance on being teased by other children. We offer suggestions on how parents can help their child feel safe and secure leaving the house each morning.

    Managing Your Child's Refusal to Go to School - The late Jerilyn Ross, co-founder of Anxiety Disorders Association of America was a regular contributor on AnxietyConnection.com and one of her articles helps parents understand a child's refusal to go to school and gives ideas on how parents can help their child.

    Back to School Anxiety - Young children aren't the only ones who show signs of back to school anxiety. Middle school and high school students can be just as anxious about going back to school.


  • Tips to Help Manage Back to School Anxiety - 8 tips to help parents manage back to school anxiety in children and teens.


    Parents Have School Anxiety Too! - According to AnxietyConnection.com expert, Amy Hendel, "It doesn't matter if you are a first time parent sending your first child off to kindergarten or the parent of four, sending your last child off to high school.  The bond and love you have for a child can be truly challenged when you send them off to the alternative environment known as school."

    Managing Anxiety During the School Year

    Chat Transcript - Talking with Diane Peters Mayer - The author of the books Overcoming School Anxiety, The Everything Health Guide to Controlling Anxiety and Conquering Ring Nerves joined us for an informative session on helping children with anxiety in school.

    Helping Children Deal with Anxiety at School - For children with anxiety, school is a stressful place. Parents can take steps to help their children manage anxiety symptoms and better cope with anxiety at school

    Talking to Your Child's Teachers - Creating a positive relationship with your child's teacher is not always as easy as it sounds. Parent's emotions run high when their children are suffering. Their interactions with the teachers are often ruled by emotion. Teachers, on the other hand, are frequently overworked and may react sounding angry or as if they don't care, even if the opposite is true. In reality, both parents and teachers want children to succeed in school.

    Bullying: Tips for Parents - Children that are victims of bullies have low self-esteem, lack social skills and are often anxious and insecure. Bullying, however, doesn't just impact social skills or self-esteem, it can cause lower school performance or avoiding school all together.

    When Your Child Needs Accommodations at School

    Section 504 for Children with Anxiety - Section 504 is a civil rights law, used to make sure children with disabilities are not discriminated against within the school setting.

    Children with Anxiety: IEPs in School - When anxiety interferes with a child's ability to learn, he or she may be eligible for special services and accommodations within the classroom. One federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may be able to help.

    Anxiety in College

    Help for College Students with Anxiety - According to Jerilyn Ross, "College campuses have filled up across the country, and most students are excited about starting a new school year. But one in eight will experience unrelenting anxiety, terrifying panic attacks, or irrational life-altering repetitive routines."

    Asking for Accommodations in College When You Have Anxiety - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects students with disabilities from discrimination and mandates access and opportunity for all students.

    Stressed and Depressed on College Campuses - We think of college as a care-free, fun time but expert Amy Hendel indicates, " As many as 85% of students said they feel stressed in their daily lives (in recent months) and are concerned with school performance, work performance (since many also have jobs), money issues and relationship issues."