Causes of School Phobia Going to school for the first time can cause great anxiety for very young children.
Separation from parents
If a child sees themselves as different, suffers from a medical condition, or even has a food allergy this can create a source of anxiety about potential bullying.
Moving or just starting a new school can bring out insecurities in kids.
Fear about fitting in at a new school or making friends
Kids feel pressure to succeed just like adults do.
Anxiety about academic or athletic performance.
Signs of School Phobia
Crying, anxiety, nightmares
Consider sending along a familiar or comforting item children can use to get them through the challenge of going to school. Examples -- a small soft blanket, a teddy bear and a piece of jewelry.
Erica Labar, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
9702 Stonestreet Road Suite 100
Louisville, Ky 40272
Phone: (502) 852-3361