Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in young people. Youth with anxiety disorders can have challenges with school performance, attendance and behavior and are at higher risk of developing mood disorders and substance use disorders. In this session, you will learn about anxiety and the brain and how it impacts students in school. Together, we will also tackle how to recognize youth with anxiety and tips and tools to support them in the school environment.
ABOUT DR. alexa bagnell
Dr. Alexa Bagnell is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents as well as school psychiatry. Her research interests are in early intervention and treatment for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents and facilitating help seeking and early detection of mental health difficulties with the goal of improving health outcomes in youth. Dr. Bagnell’s principal appointment is in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addictions Program at the IWK Health Centre and she is an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.