Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom provides educators with a thorough, readable guide to some of the most common mental health issues and symptomatology that they are likely to confront in their daily work with students. Few teachers are specifically taught what behaviors by students may potentially result in severely reduced functioning or risk of harm to self or others. Many teachers today receive a trial by fire when confronted with mental health crises. This text will assist educators in recognizing symptoms of crisis and provides them tools that will help them take the proper steps toward addressing the mental health issues of their students.

Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Childhood anxiety disorders
Joseph A.HimleDaniel J.FischerMichelle Van EttenLeeJordana R.Muroff

Prereading Questions

As you read this chapter, reflect on the following questions and issues:

  • Have you ever known anybody who seemed to be excessively anxious in one or more areas of life?
  • How likely will it be that a teacher will have a student with an anxiety disorder in the classroom in any given year?
  • How can a teacher be supportive of a student with an anxiety disorder?
  • Can teachers make anxiety problems in children worse? If so, how?

Although the experience of fear and anxiety is a part of normal development for school-age children and adolescents, there is a subgroup of children for whom fear and anxiety are so distressing and disabling that psychiatric diagnosis ...

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