How does the stress of school impact students with diagnosed anxiety disorders and students without?



It is no secret that most places need to re-vamp their schooling and how they deal with anxiety and stress within their students.  Speaking as a student myself, an idea that seems to make the most sense to me would be to allot about twenty minutes of class time to studying or completing work for that class.  Yes we have time after class but most of us hope to spend that time seeing family or friends, or maybe taking some much needed me time.  

Now for this next part, I need your guys’ help.  What are some ideas you all have as to how we could truly fix our schooling systems for the better.  We are in the middle of the most unsure time of our lives and the world will never be the same when this is all over.  I need your ideas and help to create a solution that could be the new way we move forward as students in our futures.  

For Now:

As a high school senior who is hoping to start my fall semester of college next year I am both excited and apprehensive towards my future.  Despite the fact that I love to learn and I am so excited about my major, I know that sometimes school can seem suffocating and I don’t want to experience the same struggles I did in high school with my classes in college.  With a future as uncertain as it has ever been, I believe that the way to make my and others futures as bright as possible is to educate parents of younger children on the signs of stress and anxiety within their kids surrounding school.  If we can create a more helpful environment with our youngest group of students, our futures would look infinitely brighter.  Before COVID-19 I tutored elementary students three times a week after school and I still have a strong connection with those teachers.  I plan to reach out to them and to local mental health foundations and create a plan for nurturing a generation of students who aren’t afraid to fail on their way to success in school.

  • Most mental health disorders have their peak onset during young adulthood. Kessler et al. [5] observed that by the age of 25 years, 75% of those who will have a mental health disorder have had their first onset.
  • Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric problems among college students, with approximately 11.9 % of college students suffering from an anxiety disorder
  • Social connections:  The single most effective route to providing a more resilient developmental pathway for students with a history of adversity is through positive social connections.
  • Physical exercise is a readily available, highly effective method of stress reduction, and one that can be promoted in school settings as part of the school day and/or through extra-curricular opportunities that are available to all, not just to elite high school athletes.
  • According to the Child Mind Institute, health-care providers have seen a 17 percent increase of anxiety in children over the past 10 years . But there arenโ€™t really that many more students seeking help and care. In fact, less than one percent of kids will seek anxiety treatment the year their symptoms begin.

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  1. April 24, 2020 by Chauncey Hill

    Hi! I think that this topic is really important because I agree that parents should be educated on the signs of stress in order to support their children during school. I think that children show the most signs of stress at home, so it is important that parents understand the right time to approach their teen for help. Anxiety related to school is something that needs to be taken a lot more seriously, and I think educating children, parents, and schools about the topic is the first step.

    • April 28, 2020 by Cali Jenkins

      Hey! Thank you so much for commenting and I completely agree with your point that most children show the biggest signs of stress at home. Parents often overlook signs of poor mental health within their children because they don’t want to feel guilty about any part they could have played in it but the truth is is that everyone suffers on some type of level and parent intervention at early stages is essential. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 28, 2020 by Cali Jenkins

      Hi Chauncey! Thank you so much and I totally agree with your assessment on the fact that most children show their biggest signs of stress at home and it is imperative for parents to be able to recognize those signs. Too often parents subconsciously overlook warning signs within their children because they don’t want to feel as if they’ve “failed” as parents or perhaps played a part in their child’s decline in mental health but the truth is that everyone suffers at one time or another and early intervention is essential ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. April 27, 2020 by Lara

    Hello California!
    I really enjoyed your presentation, and I think it’s a very important issue especially considering the situation we are in right now with COVID-19. I think stress and anxiety has become normalized in school especially when it comes to high school and college age students. It has become a known trademark of growing up. However, I think this normalization is hurting young people’s mental health. I think a good way to combat this issue is to, like you said, educate the parents. I think students have become really good at hiding their stress from people so that they can keep doing what they’re doing because they think they have to. They think that the only way to have a bright future is to take on everything all at once. However, if parents were aware of the warning signs then they could step in and help them manage it. I also think that schools need to provide more resources to students like pet therapy and more access to counselors.

    • April 28, 2020 by Cali Jenkins

      Hi Lara! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I definitely agree with your assertion that anxiety has almost become a “right of passage” for most students. Education is the primary goal, especially among parents! A child’s foundation of who they see themselves as and what they see the world as is built at home so having a supportive, open, and education foundation would truly help kids in the future who start to struggle with anxiety. (At least in my opinion)

    • April 28, 2020 by Cali Jenkins

      Hi Lara! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and I definitely agree that anxiety has almost become a “right of passage” for students nowadays. Children’s foundations for what they see themselves as and for what they see the world as begin at home so having a supportive, open, and educated foundation is essential. I truly believe that an increase in education about mental health and a decrease of stigma for parents and teachers would be absolutely instrumental in changing the way that students approached their education.

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