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Stress Rising as First Day of School Approaches


Dr. Pettit discusses signs of anxiety that often arise at the start of a new school year and offers suggestions for managing the anxiety.

FIU Childhood anxiety expert warns: Back-to-school anxiety may be a serious problem


The jitters children face as a new school year approaches can usually be shrugged away as end-of-summer blues. But for as much as 18 percent of children, those jitters may actually be anxiety, a disorder characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of events or activities. And as the first day of school approaches, children with anxiety may start to exhibit increasingly pronounced symptoms.

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