CSD SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT

STRESS AND ANXIETY

STRESS AND ANXIETY

Stress is the way that you react physically, mentally, and emotionally to various conditions, changes, and demands in your life. High levels of stress can affect your physical and mental well-being and academic performance. Anxiety is a condition of feeling uneasy or worried about what may happen. It may be uneasiness and distress about the future and uncertainties.


Symptoms of stress and anxiety may be feelings of fear or dread, trembling, rapid heart rate, insomnia, irritability, anger, fatigue, nervous stomach, or inability to concentrate. If you suspect your child is dealing with stress and anxiety get help from a professional you trust and communicate with school personnel to ensure stress and anxiety is minimized at school.

STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS

Keeping the school informed of your child's stress and anxiety is essential to mobilizing the support your child needs for academic success. Your child's principal, school counselor, school social worker, nurse, and teachers can work collaboratively to help reduce stress and anxiety in school. Possible supports may include, but are not limited to, educating staff how to communicate with an anxious/stress child, implement a check-in/check-out system to help students communicate stress, or coordinate student support services such as 504 and Individualized education plans.



For more information call Dr. Melvin Ratcliff or Nicole Jefferson at 404-371-3601.