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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Transitioning to College with Anxiety

For students with anxiety, the transition to college is often more difficult.

Parent of college students who are struggling with the transition to college, this one's for you:

From NorthJersey.comFor students with anxiety, the transition to college is often more difficult

The transition to college can be tough for most kids, but for those with anxiety, it can be even more difficult. As many as 1 in 4 children and adolescents are affected by an anxiety disorder and starting college presents another level of challenges — making new friends while fighting social anxiety, handling living in a dorm with obsessive compulsive disorder or simply functioning independently after parents handled many basic day-to-day tasks.

 “We have so many kids with anxiety — teenagers and young adults — they don’t even get out of bed on their own in the morning,” said Albano. “If a parent is still waking their senior high school student up in the morning for school, how in the world is that kid going to get up on their own for college. [There are] different things that seem small but they’re actually big.”

Here are a few more resources you might find helpful:
  • Your college's Disability/AccessAbility/Student Support office
  • You high school therapist
    • Maybe you can have a Skype session with them
  • NESCA's Transition Services 
  • NESCA's new theraputic services

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