Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias)
Observing Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias) in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with anxiety disorders:
- Poor attendance
- Anxious behavior during a spirited discussion or debate
- Absence when scheduled to do a presentation
- Lack of participation in class discussions
- Extreme nervousness or irritability
- Lack of ability to concentrate
- Davey, G. C. L. & Wells, A. (Eds.). (2006). Worry and its psychological disorders: theory, assessment, and treatment. Chichester, England: Wiley.
- Anthony, M. M. & Stein, M. B. (Eds.). (2009). Oxford handbook of anxiety and related disorders. New York, NY: University Press.
- National Institute of Mental Health: Anxiety Disorders
- Mayo Clinic: Anxiety Disorders
Related Functional Characteristics
Anxiety : The defining characteristic of anxiety disorders is a feeling of anxiety in response to a real or imagined situation, event, or other trigger.
Attentional Underfocus : Students with anxiety disorders may be unable to concentrate when they are experiencing stress or an anxiety attack.
Restlessness (Physical) : Students with anxiety disorders may experience physical restlessness as a result of their level of anxiety.
Sensory Distractibility : Students with anxiety disorders are often constantly monitoring their environment and therefore miss what is being said in a lecture or discussion.
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