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Academic Options for Young Adults with Anxiety

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Many young adults with anxiety disorders struggle with perfectionistic tendencies yet never feel like they quite measure up. The standards that they hold for themselves aren’t always realistic, which can get in the way of them achieving their goals. This adds to the cycle of feeling even more anxious and insecure. Between grades and socializing, schools can be a hotbed for anxiety and depression. However, there are many academic options available to help young adults with anxiety stay on track academically and build confidence in their ability to succeed.

How Anxiety Affects School Performance

Many of the teens we work with have reported that their mental health got in the way of their school performance before going to residential treatment. They may have begun to make progress with their study skills and career goals but worry about transitioning back to a traditional academic environment without the same level of support. It is common for college students to consider taking time off school after realizing that they don’t know how to manage their anxiety on top of standard school stress. While a lot of students may blame school as the source of their stress, often their anxiety stems from somewhere else and is displaced in a school environment. Without addressing underlying issues contributing to high levels of anxiety, young adults are at risk of declining grades and social struggles at school.

Some examples of ways anxiety may affect school performance may include:

  • Difficulty sitting still during lectures
  • Inconsistent performance on assignments
  • Procrastinating assignments 
  • Inflexible thinking
  • Redoing assignments that don’t seem “good enough”
  • Panic attacks before, during, or after testing
  • Choosing ambitious classes or project ideas that require extra work
  • Refusing to go to class

Academic Options in Transitional Living

Residents at Journey Home East are provided with the support, tools, and options to help them define and pursue their personal and academic goals. With the help of the Education Liaison, residents can utilize one-on-one support to focus on the next steps within their education, while also building healthy relationships with program staff, other residents, and within the community.

  • Local Schools. Journey Home East encourages students to enroll in local schools–a public or private high school, community college, or four-year university–depending on their needs. Located in the middle of downtown, our program is within walking distance or a short ride away from some of the area’s top schools. We have a relationship with these institutions that helps make the enrollment process easier. Hands-on instruction in a normalized setting helps students feel more engaged with what they are learning than taking online classes.
  • Mentorship. Residents have the opportunity to develop and work on their educational goals while in the program with the support of an in-house Education Liaison. The Education Liaison will help students select the best classes for them to take, to apply to college or planning their next steps after the program, help residents manage their time, getting organized, completing school assignments on time, or even help with selecting tutors. This can also include helping residents find community classes to take, such as pottery or other art classes, guitar, and even sign language. 
  • Focus on Study Skills. Residents also form close bonds with the Education Liaison, often going to local coffee shops together to work on assignments or study. Many of the students we work with have only ever set academic goals to get good grades and have tied their progress to a number rather than knowledge or study skills.

Journey Home East Can Help

Journey Home East is a transitional living program for young women ages 16-21. This program focuses on helping women transition from long-term treatment to the real world. While they are at our program, we help build confidence in young adults. The idea is to ween them off support systems of being in programs for many years and focus on functional living skills they need to be independent. Journey Home East helps with scheduling for school, classes, work, internships. This program also provides health coaching, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety tips. Students have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives post-treatment. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 855-290-9684 to learn more about our academic programming.