With schools resuming sessions this fall many children, parents and teachers look forward to seeing friends, and resuming enjoyed activities, but a small number may not be so overjoyed.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychological disorders in children, right behind diagnoses for ADHD.  Negative coping strategies, such as repeatedly missing classes, can turn an anxiety problem into a long-term one, and lead to other academic, or psychosocial problems.

KMZU reached out to psychology professor, David Langer, at Suffolk University, to explain the phenomenon of anxiety in children, and ways to cope.

(Newsmaker segment from Fri 9/6/19)

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Langer says planning ahead to gradually increase exposure, and communication with school officials can be important when coming up with ways to alleviate anxiety in children.  Certain on-line resources are available as well: