Understanding Student Anxiety + How You Can Help Your Child.
Student Anxiety can come from many sources.
For many teenagers, the last years of high school and the first steps to adulthood are a time of excitement, new experiences, and stress.
Student Anxiety is a leading cause of depression in young adults.
However high school juniors and seniors are not exempt.
This age group is supposed to enjoy some of the best years of their lives but they often experience angst when deciding if college is the right choice for them.
Children and young adults may experience anxiety in regard to living up to personal and family expectations.
These and other situations can leave a child feeling isolated and like a virtual fish out of the water.
Be aware of the signs of student anxiety and depression.
According to The Mayo Clinic, these can include:
- Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as hobbies or sports
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
- Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
- Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that aren’t your responsibility
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or suicide
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.
- Academic problems are not consistent with her or her previous performance.
In addition to your personal resources, most college campuses offer mental health support.
If you fear that your child is in danger of hurting themselves, or someone else, call 911 and/or the campus police.
If you feel that extra support is needed aside from what you can provide, a mental health treatment center can offer the student what they need. Everyone deserves the chance to recover and treating the problem is the best way to be on the road to recovery.
If your child is experiencing sadness, anxiety or any issues do not allow time to pass before giving them the resources that they need.
We must also consider the parent of the student anxiety.
Student anxiety is certainly not reserved exclusively for the student.
As a parent, you may worry about whether or not your child will be happy and if they have made the right decisions.
If you are paying for their college and/or living expenses you may have financial concerns.
As well, you may be experiencing feelings of sadness as your little bird flies away from the nest.
This may even be compounded by the fact that for the first time in your 18-year-old’s life you will not automatically get information from the school or your child’s healthcare team.
If your young adult chooses to give you access to their personal information they will need to sign a release form.
If, as a parent, or a college student you want some helpful support and guidance set up a free consultation today. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Your Health,
Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy