High school is an exciting time in a young person’s life. Between making friends, discovering new passions, and thinking ahead to future majors and careers, high school is where many students begin to find themselves. But for those with social anxiety, this experience can feel less than desirable.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 15 million Americans and is the second most commonly diagnosed form of anxiety in the country. Many symptoms begin to surface around age 13, just as students are making the transition from middle school to high school. This means students dealing with feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety will have a harder time adjusting and feeling comfortable.
How can we help?
Many of these symptoms make it difficult for students to perform well in their classes. Some may experience an inability to focus, feel physically sick, or fear going to school.
Education is not ‘one size fits all.’ There are alternatives to traditional school whether a child is struggling academically, physically, or mentally. For students who experience social anxiety, online school may be a viable option.
Online learning gives students the freedom to work on their own time, at their own pace. For students with social anxiety who struggle doing simple tasks, this is especially helpful because they can slow down without feeling like they’re trailing behind their classmates. And for students who get anxious being in a crowd, online school eliminates having to sit in a classroom full of people, making it easier for them to concentrate on their schoolwork.
We understand high school can be tough to navigate, and even more so if you’re living with a mental illness. While online school won’t provide a quick fix and should not be used in lieu of professional help, we strive to provide the best learning experience for all of our students, offering support and resources every step of the way no matter what they’re going through.
Interested in learning more about how online school can be a great option for students who may be struggling socially? Check out these blog posts:
- How Can Online High School Benefit Students Who Suffer From Anxiety?
- Learn the Power of Using Fitness, Food, and Education to Keep Your Mind Healthy
- ASU Prep Digital Student Spotlight: Krystina Ellaine Eaton