Anxiety

It is becoming increasingly common that children and young people in your school or classroom may be diagnosed with anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety in children vary, but it’s important that you are able to understand and recognise how this might affect learning in a classroom environment.

It’s normal for everyone to feel anxious from time to time – it’s a normal response to stress. However, some young people may experience uncontrollable levels of anxiety that are excessive in relation to what’s happening around them and can therefore struggle with their day-to-day tasks and schoolwork.

Common worries can become overwhelming for children and young people with anxiety leading to them becoming quite distressed. If this does happen there are a few ways in which you can respond to try and calm the situation.

Some signs and symptoms to look out for include tears when entering school, being withdrawn from their peers, concentration difficulties, fidgeting, changes in appetite, and irritability. Download our factsheet for more information on what to look for if you suspect a child or young person in your class is suffering from anxiety.

Getting the conversation going can be a good starting point – for example, planning lessons themed around anxiety. This may help children understand that feeling anxious is a normal emotion that everyone feels from time to time. Children sometimes struggle to identify and express their thoughts and emotions, then leading to anxiety. Exploring how anxiety can make you feel and behave can be helpful.

Watch our videos on anxiety below to learn more.

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Anxiety in Children Information Film

It is normal for young children to have worries but if these worries become intense and begin to impact on their daily lives, it may be that they have an anxiety disorder.

This film explains more about the different kinds of anxiety disorders, how to recognise them and how to help a child who has one.

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Anxiety in children: Tips For Teachers

This 4 minute film gives Tips for Teachers who have a child or children in their class who are either experiencing symptoms of Anxiety or have a known diagnosis of an Anxiety Disorder.

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Anxiety and Me : Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

Please note – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. This film is not intended to be watched by children.

This short film features real life accounts of Anxiety experienced by young people. Through their words we see the importance of early intervention by parents and teachers.

Nip in the bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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How to Recognise Symptoms of Anxiety in Children

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