Is your child perpetually angry? Do you often get phone calls from teachers describing outbursts or aggressive behavior? It may be that your child isn’t actually angry. Your child may suffer from anxiety.
Dr. David Thomas, a practicing psychotherapist with the Whitford-Thomas Group in Tampa, FL shares how parents can identify anxious behavior in their child through his bite-sized video: “Anxiety Disorders: Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Anxiety.”
Thomas explains how childhood anxiety symptoms differ from adult symptoms in that children will act out more: “You’ll tend to see them display angry behaviors which in fact are really anxious.” Another common symptom for children with anxiety is complaining of constant discomfort. Thomas says: “They’ll create ailments... stomach aches, nauseousness, flu-like symptoms before they go to school or before they do things that they view to be very difficult,” or they may have “headaches or muscle aches with no clear reason for the ache.” Other symptoms include sleeping disorders and “a lot of unfounded fear.”
For students with anxiety, working within a traditional school system can be problematic. There is pressure to fit in, to meet the class culture, and to adapt to someone else’s pace. This is why many students who suffer from anxiety do well switching to an online school like Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences, where our program allows students to work at their own pace in a safe and nourishing setting. At CMASAS, students work with their Personalized Education Coach to create a program that meets their needs, learning styles, and pace. Struggle with math but excel in science? Students can plan extra time to finish the math course, and finish science early. Courses are taken two at a time to allow students to really focus on the subject, and homerooms, clubs, and regional and international gatherings allow students the opportunity to socialize and see the world.
Anxiety is difficult to deal with, especially when you’re a young student trying to shape who you’re going to be in the world. At CMASAS, we’re here to help.
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