A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
The traumatic separations of children and parents initiated at the border can cause permanent changes in the structure of the infants' and children's brains and the activity of their genes.
Children are often sad when separated from their parents for a short time, but the effects are pronounced if the separation is long.
Kids often experience anxiety when separated from parents for short periods. Longer separations, happening with some immigrant children, is a different matter, a leading child psychiatrist explains.
Understanding the source of child anxiety is important. Some fears may be easily soothed; others, such as fears of bullying, may require adult intervention.
As the first days of school approach rapidly, an educational psychologist offers strategies for combating anxiety in children and teens.
When many doctors went through training they would not have learnt adults could suffer from separation anxiety.
Adult separation anxiety is a relatively new concept. There are, as yet, no published evidence-based treatments for the condition.
School refusal needs to be recognised as a psychological problem, rather than being glossed over in school attendance policies.
School refusal is a serious difficulty for many students, but it is often ignored in policies for increasing school attendance.
The first day of school can be tough for the parents as well as the kids, but it’s important it’s a good experience.
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