Worried, Sad or Mad? Anxiety and Depression in Children and Teenagers

Intended audience

Classroom teachers, deans, division heads, nurses, coaches, counselors

Workshop

60–90 minutes

In a K-12 class of twenty-five students, at least five will likely struggle with significant enough anxiety or depression that it will interfere with their academic performance, peer relationships, or both. Depression and anxiety can be difficult for educators (and parents) to identify because it tends to look quite different in children and adolescents than it does in adults.

This workshop will begin with an overview of common presentations of depression and anxiety across the K-12 age span. We will consider ways to identify anxiety and depression in students, and talk about how to intervene early and effectively. During the discussion period, we will focus on participant questions and observations about their own students and school communities.