Communication, Modeling Can Help Children Deal With Anxiety of New School Year | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Now that the youngsters have settled in to new classes and schedules, Sarah Mallard Wakefield, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, said it’s a great time for parents to check in with their students to see how they are handling the new routine.

“Every time there's a transition, that can definitely be a trigger for mental health distress, so it’s a great time to ask questions like: How's school going? Is there any trouble in the hallways? How's your relationship with the kids in your class, or your teachers, or your new coach?” Wakefield said.  “It’s a natural time to have those conversations.”





  • Sarah Mallard Wakefield, M.D.

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