Understanding the phenomenon of school anxiety.
This paper looks at the problem of anxiety in school-going children. It provides a description of the symptoms and possible causes and sees how this effects a child’s behavior. The writer also brings down some research in the field and new methods in helping children with this phobia.
According to the Fairleigh Dickinson University Child Disorders Clinic Website, children and adolescents often express anxiety-related emotions in terms of fear. They try to avoid specific objects and situations. This avoidance is called a phobia, as opposed to the free-floating sense of anxiety more common in adults. The most common phobias in children involve animals (particularly dogs, cats, and various forms of insects), being alone, taking tests, doctors and dentists, blood, tests, darkness, storms and forms of transportation (including cars, buses, trains, planes). An estimated 575,000 children nationwide were diagnosed with anxiety disorders in the past year ending in March. These figures include over 136,000 under age 10. (Vendatam Drug Found to Curb Kid’s Anxiety”)”