Health Matters

Back To School Anxiety

Guest: Dr. Kristin Kassaw


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Help your child get ready for school. Dr. Kristin Kassaw, a psychiatrist and clinical associate professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine says the long-awaited return may be a source of anxiety for parents and students..

“Thousands of Houston area students will soon return to the classroom for the first time in 18 months. There may be concerns such as personal safety and risk of illness, being separated from family and returning to the classroom and engaging with peers.”

If you or your child is anxious, here are some ways to help:

  • follow public health recommendations including vaccinations and measures to reduce risk including mask wearing.
  • manage your anxiety as children take cues from adults
  • anticipate an adjustment period
  • Finally, speak to your physician if anxiety continues or worsens

“Learning how to manage anxiety & navigate uncertainty can help you and your child cope and have a healthy and productive school year.”

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