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Anxiety can be common during the back-to-school time of the year. The shift can be stressful due to many factors including the pressure of academic excellence, the introduction of new structure, social anxieties and hardships, even a change in the home-life routine. For those in the Westside Cleveland area who would like to discuss your child’s behavior or mental health, we’re here to help through the stressful time.

According to an article and video on WGEM:

From bullying to peer pressure, heading back to school can cause anxiety for some kids.

Therapists at Cornerstone Foundations for Families said heading back to school can create a lot of stress for students.

Therapist Kim Wheelock said it can be an adjustment period due to kids having a structured schedule again. She added that a busy schedule and trying to balance several clubs or sports can be difficult.

“For teenagers or a young child who is experiencing anxiety know that everyone experiences stress or anxiety at different times, working through that anxiety can really help them feel better and help them get through their day,” Wheelock said.

She added parents should talk to their kids, create a safe space for them to open up and acknowledge their feelings.

Finally, Wheelock said if that does not help and they are becoming more withdrawn, you may want to seek professional help.

To watch the video on WGEM, click here.

To schedule an appointment at the Center For Effective Living, click here.