© 2001 Michael J. Rieser, MD, PSC
School Recommendations For Students With Anxiety Disorders
(Such As Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Separation
Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobic Disorders)
At the time that the student is being reintegrated into the school setting, anxiety is likely to be at itís worst. These students feel afraid to go to school, afraid of what may happen while they are in school, and are sensitive to the taunts and provocations directed at them by the peer group. Failure to attend to the special needs of such students who are in the recovery process often leads to school absenteeism.
One way of reducing anxiety for them is to provide them with a "SAFE PLACE" to which they can retreat in the middle of the school day when an attack of anxiety is taking place. By simply knowing that there a safe place in the school, the child will receive substantial relief. Often its availability does not mean the child actually uses it. But the knowledge that the place is available is anxiety relieving.
Therefore I recommend a specific PROGRAM be developed for this student which would allow the student to have such a SAFE PLACE. I prefer to use the school counselorís office, but perhaps the Principalís or Vice Principalís office would do if the counselor was unavailable.