When your child has an anxiety disorder, chances are there are times when it interferes with school. A few examples of how anxiety disorders can make school more difficult :
When children have social anxiety disorder (SAD), they might feel uncomfortable answering questions in class, going up to the board or making friends
When a child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he might need to complete rituals, even if those rituals interrupt the school day. He might feel anxious if unable to complete certain rituals.
Children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry endlessly. They might worry about an upcoming test, forgetting their homework, whether they are going to be called on. They might be inattentive in class (because they are worrying rather than listening) and have a hard time focusing on schoolwork.
If your child has anxiety, he might try to hide it from others. He might be embarrassed or worry about how others will react. Teachers mi...
Wake up. Stretch. Get your bearings and stretch again. Walk to the kitchen and put up some coffee (thank goodness for Keurig!). Walk to the bathroom and wash up for the day. The beginning of each morning is the same every day. The day begins the same and ends the same. It’s what happens in between waking up and bedtime that defines who and what we are. One line from The Mary Tyler Moore Show tried to sum this up. When Mary says she’s bored with her life, her crusty boss Lou Grant tells her, “We’re born, we die and everything in between is just filler.”
What happens in between can be stressful at times. I wake up feeling happy in the morning. This time of year – springtime - brings sounds of birds outside of my window and lawnmowers cutting lawns on our street (somehow that sound, to me, signals warmer weather is here, something I look forward to all winter long) an...
We are in the throes of yet another extremely negative political cycle. The Presidential election is in full swing and once the Republican Party chooses a candidate it is only going to get worse. Political operatives know only too well that negative campaigns work. They increase voter turnout, get the electorate mobilized and drum up passionate feelings on both sides of the aisle. Research into the effect of negative campaigns concentrate on this aspect, but what do these long, drawn-out campaigns do to the emotional health of voters?
Campaign managers use negative ads to arouse your emotions. They want you to feel agitated because they are counting on this feeling driving you to the polls to cast your vote. According to a report, "Inside the Black Box of Negative Campaign Effects: Three Reasons Why Negative Campaigns Mobilize," by Paul S. Martin, the theory behind negative campaigns is to stimulate the "fight or flight" state and to focus on the fight. Flight, or avoidance, is...
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