They may be feeling sick, they may have a headache or tummy ache, or simply find it difficult to get out of bed and get dressed in the morning. These are some of the more obvious telltale signs of ‘back to school anxiety’. Other more subtle symptoms may include issues with going to the toilet, signs of obsessive behaviour, bed wetting or emotional outbursts.
Younger children in particular tend to express anxiety by complaining of physical symptoms like headaches or stomach ache and are more prone to crying and tantrums. In teens or adolescents the symptoms tend to be similar to those in adults, for example being angry, non-cooperative or irritable.
The first day back after a break or an illness can be stressful enough for an adult, so