Slow Processing Speed and Anxiety: What You Need to Know
Most kids with learning and attention issues face situations that make them feel anxious. Often, these situations involve their weakness. For a child with dyslexia, it might be reading out loud in class. For a child with dysgraphia, it might be writing a book report.
But for kids with slow processing speed, anxious moments can pop up throughout the day, and without warning. That’s because their processing speed issues can impact everything from taking tests to talking with friends. And in some cases, the frequent anxiety turns into an anxiety disorder.
Here’s what you need to know about the connection between slow processing speed and anxiety, and how you can help your child.
How Anxiety and Slow Processing Speed Fuel Each Other
When any of us feel anxious, we freeze for a moment. During that time, we’re not processing information as fast as we might otherwise be. We may take longer to respond, make decisions or size up situations.
That’s how anxiety can impact processing speed. But slow processing speed can also create feelings of anxiety.
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