Anxiety Disorders by Robin Naope Student at Chaminade University Hawaii

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times.  People feel anxious or nervous before taking an exam, performing or making a speech or even making an important decision.  Anxiety helps one cope with the daily stress of life’s experiences.  Anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness that causes such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life and has been known to run in families. For people with anxiety disorders, their emotional fears and worries are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling. Anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get progressively worse without treatment. There are several types of anxiety disorders and treatment may vary. This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher, written by Robin Naope (a student at Chaminade University Hawaii), focuses on strategies that directly impact the school environment, and strategies that may be useful in and out of the classroom.

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