Feeling Nervous or anxious

What is it?

Feeling Nervous or Anxious is based on parents of TDSB students (Grades K to 6) who reported that their child seems nervous or anxious “all the time” or “often.”

Why is it important?

Experiencing some nervousness or anxiousness is a normal part of child development. However, when it is persistent, it may begin to affect other aspects of a child's life. Persistent nervousness or anxiousness could have different causes, such as exposure to significant stress or trauma, or emotional challenges. Feeling nervous or anxious may impact a child's learning, and may contribute to poor sleep or physical symptoms like stomach aches and headaches. In some cases, higher levels of persistent anxiousness could lead to anxiety or depression disorders in adolescence or adulthood.

What does it mean?

Some parents (5%) reported that their child seems anxious or nervous “all the time” or “often.” Figure 1 shows that the neighbourhoods with the most children who seem nervous or anxious were found across the City. Figure 2 shows that students in the highest income group were less likely to seem nervous or anxious compared to those in the lowest income group. However, Figure 3 shows that the majority of parents report that their child “rarely” or “never” seems nervous or anxious (70%), and almost a quarter of parents reported that their child “sometimes” seems nervous or anxious (23%).

Figure 1: Percent of students who seem nervous or anxious, TDSB (Grades K to 6), 2012