My student seems more anxious than usual. What should I do?
A concussion can cause a student to become anxious, or if a student has pre-existing anxiety it may be exaggerated by a concussion.
There are many concerns that could lead a student with a concussion to be anxious. For some students concerns with falling behind in school, not participating in sports, fear of re-injury or an unknown recovery period can lead to feelings of anxiety.
For some students, providing supportive feedback and reassurance can help them manage their anxiety. Others may need professional support to cope with their anxiety. Early intervention is key. If you are concerned your student is having a problem with anxiety, discuss this with their parent or guardian.
A student with anxiety might need additional resources such as a school counsellor, school psychologist or other community based mental health services.
More information on supporting a student’s emotional well-being is available in the Resources section.