How Anxiety Affects School Performance
Anxiety in the Classroom
"Telling someone with anxiety to just calm down is like telling someone with epilepsy to just stop having a seizure." - Unknown

It's been several weeks since classes have started back up and that means testing has also resumed. For many children, just the very thought of taking a test can cause a "fight-or-flight" response which, if left untreated, can become a serious barrier to a child's education and mental health.

According to a 2015 report by the Child Mind Institute, "Anxiety and depression are treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment." 

When a student acts out - throws a book, yells, storms out of the room - or has difficulty learning to read or grasping new math concepts, teachers often don't suspect anxiety as the underlying cause, which means the problems may persist or worsen. 

If you or your child's school makes the determination that an academic assessment is in order, contact Wellspring today and we can help.
All School and No Play Raises Anxiety and Depression in Children

"The beginning of the school year is stressful and it's structure leaves less time for free play. From school many children go to daycare, which is again structured and planned.  Some children are active in organized sports and, although this has benefits, it's not free play time. Pediatricians and parents are seeing levels of                  anxiety and depression increase. There is less room for          kids to be kids and children of "hovering parents" are              more likely to have of anxiety and depression."

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Anxiety and Sadness May Increase on Anniversary of a Traumatic Event

Around the anniversary of a traumatic event, people are likely to remember events clearly and many will feel emotions more intensely than usual. Reliving the sadness is a very natural part of the healing process. But there is no one right way to heal. Try not to compare your reactions to those of others. Each person is different, and each individual will find his or her own way of coping with the memories.

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Dr. McNeely's viewpoint and practice is integrative, combining developmental, cognitive-behavioral, existential and other perspectives to develop a holistic approach, broadening insight and opportunities for effective intervention. Abigail regularly works with clients dealing with a broad range of issues including:  depression , bipolar depression,  anxiety life  challenges and  chronic  illness.  She offers individual, couples and family counseling for adults and teens, as well as academic, employment and medical needs psychology assessments.

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