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Can Social Media Help School Phobia?

September 3, 2010

Didaskaleinophobia, more commonly referred to as school phobia, is a panic disorder affecting roughly 1.4 million American adolescents. For these children and young adults, e-learning and other learning grounded in social media tools may provide some of the best opportunities for them to succeed in their education.

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, school phobia is broadly categorized as a childhood social anxiety disorder and afforded DSM-IV status as such. The physical symptoms are nothing short of harrowing: hyperventilating, chest pains, dry mouth, shaking, crying, dizziness, nausea, and seizures. Though the terror of panic attacks is palpable and seemingly impossible to overcome, most people affected by the disease claim their toughest obstacle is a cynical public. more…

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