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School and Your Nervous Kid


A little nervousness is good, especially with unknown situations, such as a new school with new kids, new teachers, new subjects. But some of our kids experience a LOT of anxiety, so much so that one in four meet criteria for a doctor to diagnose them as having anxiety.

And, according to doctors quoted in the Washington Post  , anxiety is underreported. How can a parent tell if his, or her, child is anxious, rather than nervous? According to Mary Alvord, it’s likely to be anxiety if the child’s fears and actions get in the way; or if the parent is accommodating the child.

For more on anxiety, see ; for more on school refusal, see 

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