Anxiety in the Classroom is an online resource center for school personnel, students, and their families.

This website provides useful information, resources, and materials about anxiety and OCD as they relate to the school setting. In addition, it offers specific tools for teachers, administrators, and other school personnel who may work with students with anxiety and/or OCD. Parents/caregivers and students can also find tools and information to help them advocate for school accommodations, as well as to educate their teachers and classmates about OCD and anxiety.

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Impact of Anxiety in the Classroom Setting:

50% Of adults with OCD report that their symptoms began before age 18.
1 in 200 Approximately 1 in 200 children in the U.S. suffers from OCD or a related disorder.
30% Of youth have experienced an anxiety disorder.

OCD and anxiety are very common in children and can take a tremendous toll on the child’s school performance and social functioning.

What the research is saying:

A recent IOCDF-funded study has shown that OCD significantly impairs an individual’s ability to take advantage of educational opportunities and that OCD has a pervasive and profound impact on education across all educational levels, particularly when it has an early age of onset.

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Need for Anxiety in the Classroom Resources:

Unfortunately, the professionals who interact with youth the most (such as school personnel and pediatricians) are not trained to recognize or work with anxiety/OCD in children. This means that the average child with a mental health condition will wait years after displaying symptoms to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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