Essay on The Effects Of Anxiety On The Classroom

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Anxiety in the Classroom
Stress is caused by many different factors such as troubling thoughts, tragic events, or other hardships. Contrary to belief, adults are not the only ones who can experience high levels of stress. Children and teens from all ages can experience stress as well. On many occasions, children and teens feel pressured due to academic expectations imposed on them. Although, occasional stress is inevitable, constant stress can lead to anxiety. Therefore, on many occasions the anxiety begins to cause negative symptoms. High levels of anxiety can cause lack of concentration, poor social skills and sleep deprivation; as a result, anxiety can significantly lower a student 's academic performance.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, unease, and constant worry. It is a bigger problem than many people realize. In fact, anxiety disorders is the number one mental health problem in the United States (Lerner). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults--18% of the population--in a given year, but only about one-third of them seek treatment” (Beck). This is a serious problem because the amount of people not seeking treatment is significantly lower than those receiving it. Even more alarming are the results that show children suffer with anxiety too. One survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, “more than one in four teens reported feeling…

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