School phobias are a very real concern for children of all ages. If your child is pretending to be sick, begging not to go to school, or is otherwise anxious about entering the school halls, perhaps it’s not simply a lack of motivation. School phobias affect approximately 3-9% of all children in kindergarten through eighth grade. This could be one of the causes of your child’s school-related troubles.
A Look at School Phobias
A school phobia is something that makes a child uneasy about going to school. There are various levels of phobia, and for some children they can become so severe that they become physically ill from the simple thought of getting on the bus in the morning.
Interestingly, however, students with phobias also typically have a higher level of intelligence than their peers. Phobias usually exist when there is also another underlying medical condition, such as ADD or ADHD. If your child refuses to go to school or you have a battle on your hands five days a week, it is a good idea to take your child to your pediatrician. The doctor can perform an evaluation and recommend treatment if it is warranted.
Are There Symptoms?
There are noticeable symptoms with school phobias. As mentioned above, students can become severely ill because they’re so upset about going to school.
They could develop vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. In some severe cases, it’s even possible for a child to pass out or faint.
There are a number of causes of school phobias. Something such as changes within the family, stress at home, or even bullying can be causing the phobia.
There is good news is that most school phobias are typically not long-term conditions. They usually subside within a few weeks. It might feel like it’s a lot longer when you’re in the middle of it!