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Back to School: Stressed or excited?

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Whether your child is going to school for the first time, or starting a new school, this can be a very challenging time for students suffering from anxiety issues.

Jason Reich, LPC, CHI Memorial says, "Most kids have some sort of anxiety, heading back to school."

Jason Reich is a licensed mental health counselor with CHI Memorial. He says returning to school after a long summer break can lead to both excitement and anxiety.

Reich says it's important to be able to tell the difference between the two. He says that parents should look for some common signs that may signal or suggest your child is experiencing anxiety and stress.

Those signs include: changes in appetite, inability to sleep, excessive crying, emotional outbursts, irritability, or refusing to go to school.

Reich says, "That anxiety can be a major factor in grades; in relationships, of course, social anxiety is a huge factor when it comes to relationships."

Reich says it is important to make sure your children can talk about what is going on, be reassuring, and don't dismiss their concerns. He even suggests giving them examples of how to deal with certain situations.

Reich says, "Walk through some of the ways they can make friends, so they can do that well."

And if nothing you say or do seems to work when it comes to relieving your child's anxiety, Reich says, they may need to talk with a professional.

Reich says, "Talking to somebody different would be effective for them."

So, do your homework. Make sure your child is prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for the new school year.

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