The school is a place where most of a person’s development is cultured and nourished. It is the place where he meets new people and form friendships enjoys activities, and experiences a life that is different from what he’s used to at home. However, there are times when these changes at school bring anxiety and fear.
Prescribed with various forms of treatment, which may be used individually or in combination. The forms of treatment include psychological interventions, biological interventions, and accommodation at home and at school. In psychological interventions, or counseling, it is important to let the patient and everyone around him understand that the fear of going to school is not due to a flaw in attitude or personality, it is a disorder caused by complex genetic and environmental origins. A variety of psychological interventions can be helpful, and parents should discuss their child’s particular needs with their clinician to determine which psychological treatments could be most beneficial for their child.
There are instances when psychotherapy is not enough, the patients then often opt for medication. However, there are no specific medications for the treatment of phobia, it is best to remember that medicines usually reduce rather than eliminate symptoms. The medicine and dosage depends according to the patient’s need. It is important to consult a doctor before taking medicines.
Nevertheless, the best way to fight a phobia is to confront them. Make sure that the child goes to school as soon as the school phobia symptoms appear. The parent may accompany the child to school and even in the class room until the phobia stops. It is important to explain to the child the need to go to school. Do not feed into complaints about physical symptoms. It would only give them the idea to control the situation and gain sympathy. Let the school personnel know what is going on. Ask them to let the child rest for a few minutes before letting them back to class. Teach them relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques include deep breathing, counting to 10, or visualizing a soothing place. Teaching children how to relax will empower them to develop mastery over symptoms and improve a sense of control over their body.
A flexible and supportive environment is essential to achieve success in treating phobias. Parents may worry about pushing their children to do something they don’t want to do, but allowing a child to dictate their school attendance will be much worse.
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