What Types of Anxieties We See at St Luke's School

Anxiety


Some people will experience levels of anxiety from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain fearful for example before an exam. These in turn can lead to sleep, problems, loss of appetite and ability to concentrate.

At time, anxiety can be useful because it makes you more alert and enhance performance. However if anxiety overwhelms a child they may not be able to deal with daily activities. If the anxiety stays as a high level the young person may feel powerless, out of control and sometimes this can lead to a panic attack.

Some raised states of anxiety are linked to syndromes and disorders. Anxiety can also be part of conditions such as:
Phobias
Obsessive Compulsive disorder
Generalised Anxiety disorder ( GAD)
Post -traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Panic Disorder

Physical manifestations of anxiety can appear as:
Shouting
Running away
Physical - eg flapping
Swearing
Withdrawal
Talking to self
Vocalizing - high iptched noises
Storming out
Hitting and targeting a perceived source of anxiety
Repetition of phrases

Parents should also speak to their child's doctor about continual anxiety. Sometimes medication can reduce anxieties and lead to an improved state of wellbeing.

Reducing Anxieties

At St Luke's School, we have Anxiety Plans for children with raised levels of anxiety.

Our Teaching
Develops the child's own understanding
Develops the child's ability to identify triggers and situations that increase anxiety
Enables children to develop anxiety reduction strategies
Supports all children with skills around self regulation

DFE Mental Health and Behaviour Advice for Schools