There is a difference between normal fear and anxiety. Normal fear is a useful emotion. It is a motivating emotion that helps us to plan and prepare, and to consider survival options. Fear tends to be about real situations, such as not succeeding, loss of a relationship, etc. Anxiety includes vague discomfort about general ideas that something bad could happen.

The feelings involved are disproportionate to the situation. Strong physical reactions that accompany anxiety are not
connected to concrete fears. Avoidance behavior develops as a result of the feelings. Extreme avoidance behaviors develop
into phobias.

The types of anxiety disorders most commonly seen in school-aged children are Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety Disorder. The basic criteria to determine if an anxiety disorder exists is: How is the anxiety affecting the person’s ability to function?

In a school setting:

  • Physical Complaints: Students may experience somatic complaints such as stomachaches and headaches.
  • Perfectionism: Students may focus their worry on performance issues. They fear making mistakes or being criticized.
  • Strong Worry: Students may have fears that events that happen to others will also happen to them, such as illness, accidents, or divorce.
  • Social Sensitivities: Students may fear that they may have said or done something to hurt the feelings of others. They are unable to assess social situations accurately.
Newmark offers a comprehensive academic and counseling program to accommodate the needs of behaviorally challenged students. Our staff is highly trained and qualified to ensure academic success and social/emotional well-being.