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What are Back to School Anxiety Symptoms

This article was orginally published by our partner Newport Academy
There is a significant difference between temporary anxiety over school and an anxiety disorder that requires professional treatment. For example, teens with an anxiety disorder experience very high levels of anxiety. Moreover, these feelings get worse over time, rather than improving on their own.

In addition, teens with anxiety disorders struggle with feelings of tension and fear. These symptoms are ongoing and interfere with daily activities. Furthermore, the disorder affects relationships with peers and family members.

While there are different types of teen anxiety disorders, many of these disorders manifest in a set of common symptoms. Here are some of the signs that a child is experiencing a level of anxiety that warrants an assessment by a mental health professional.

  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing from social interactions
  • Trouble sleeping at night, but often seems fatigued during the day
  • Loss of appetite and other changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Performance dip in school, poor report cards, poor testing results
  • Frequent unexplained physical complaints, such as stomachaches and headaches
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness, despair, and worthlessness
  • Using drugs and drinking as forms of self-medication for anxiety
  • Avoiding people, places, and things that trigger anxious feelings

Parents who recognize these symptoms in a teen should reach out for support and an expert assessment.

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