Becoming Aware of Anxiety in the Classroom
Bear with me as I give you a very superficial and hypothetical quiz. Which of these kids have anxiety?
- An 18-year-old college student states, “I’m totally freaked out about my philosophy test tomorrow.”
- A somber looking 4th grader usually has his hands up in his sleeves and tends to stare at the floor.
- A chatty middle schooler is hanging out with her friends, but often leaves the group and runs away.
- A teacher asks in a class discussion, “what do you think, Aaron?” Aaron stares back and looks like he can’t breathe.
- A 3rd grader has trouble staying in her seat and is constantly kicking the chair in front of her.
All of them do, and each one is demonstrating a kind of symptom. And, it’s possible that none of them have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Confusing? Fair enough. The confusion and blurry lines around anxiety make it challenging to identify or diagnose.