Children with anxiety disorders are overwhelmed by feelings of intense fear or worry that they are out of proportion to the situation or thing that triggers them. These emotional fears can be focused on separating from parents, physical illness, performing poorly, or embarrassing themselves. Or they can be attached to specific things, like dogs or insects or bridges.
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- What is the best high school school environment for a student with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety?
- My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
- My son has made great progress in day treatment and is ready to return to a regular school. How can we get the school to work with him if he still has occasional outbursts?
- My daughter’s school would like her to repeat second grade. When is it good to keep a child back, if ever?
- My daughter with anxiety issues is worried about getting her period. What can I do?
- My 16-year-old son vomits before every basketball game. Could this be generalized anxiety disorder?
- My 11-year-old son has started having crushes on teachers and moms of friends. He has an obsessive personality and finds this all very embarrassing. What can I do?
- My 10-year-old daughter with anxiety won’t participate in gym. Should we push her?
- My son, who struggles with anxiety and ADHD, has poor self-esteem and trouble fitting in socially. I’ve seen kids being very mean to him.
- Could an ear infection be causing my son’s anxiety?
- Can a fear of vomiting actually cause someone to vomit?
- A kindergarten student with SM refuses to use the bathroom at school. Do you have any suggestions?