Common forms of anxiety
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Students with generalised anxiety tend to have a wide range of unreasonable, excessive and uncontrollable worries. These can include worries about the past, the future, and their current popularity or performance.
They tend to experience anxiety in a range of settings, which can disrupt their ability to relax or enjoy activities. They may be restless or irritable and have trouble paying attention when worrying. They may also lack confidence.
Students who have symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder tend to experience repeated thoughts or worries that make them feel anxious (obsessions).
To manage these thoughts and worries, students feel they need to engage in specific repeated behaviours or rituals such as keeping items in a specific order, counting to a specific number, or checking and re-checking a door is locked.
These repeated thoughts or behaviours may make it more difficult for them to focus during class, or they may take longer to complete some tasks.
Some students with obsessive-compulsive disorder may be late to school or class, or there may be unexplained absences or school refusal.