Generalized Anxiety Disorder

March 21 2019

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a clinical diagnosis for individuals who feel overwhelming anxiety in several different situations or settings. According to this article from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), people with GAD “worry very much about everyday things, have trouble controlling their worries or feelings of nervousness, know that they worry much more than they should, feel restless and have trouble relaxing, have a hard time concentrating, can be easily startled, have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, feel easily tired or tired all the time, have headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains, can be irritable or feel ‘on edge’, may sweat a lot, may feel light-headed or out of breath, and may have to go to the bathroom a lot.” A lot of these symptoms sound very similar to what some of your students feel during testing and with state testing approaching, I’m sure many of you can sense the anxiety creeping in for some of your students. With that being said, it is important to note that GAD and test anxiety do not go hand-in-hand. Most individuals who suffer from test anxiety do not suffer from GAD.

While normal anxiety in most kids can be a good thing that can help them focus their mind in order to perform better on an exam, test anxiety (a type of performance anxiety) can and usually does have the opposite effect. There are many strategies you can implement in your classroom to help your students cope with test anxiety. Please join Ms. Bolton and myself for a presentation on Monday afternoon (3/25/19) in which you will learn some strategies to help your students.

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