Information about Web4Health free online psychology medical advice Free medical advice on mental health, psychology, personality disorders, relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, emotional abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse, types of mental illness, etc.
Start Search Categories Forums Get expert advice Unseen Login/out My account

Psychology Free Online Medical Advice

Picture of happy people
Answers to more than 1000 questions about psychology, mental health, healthy living and relationships, written by a team of experts appointed by the Commission of the European Communities.

Intelligent Natural-Language Question-Answering
Ask a simple question in one sentence (Note: Our answers are not oriented towards somatic - body - medicine): More info
Addiction Healthy living Psychotherapy
ADHD Personality disorders Relations
Anorexia Life Sex
Anxiety, Panic, OCD Mood swings Sleeping problems
Bulimia Obesity Stress symptoms
Child care Phobia Treatment
Depression Psychiatric drugs Workplace
All menus All answers More......
German flag
English flag
Greek flag
Greek flag
Italian flag
Polish flag
Finnish flag
Russian flag
Swedish flag
We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health
verify here.
Disclaimer:The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified psychiatrist or psychotherapist. The material in this web site cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. If you find something which should be corrected, please write to
Start Search Categories Forums Get expert advice Unseen Login/out My account

Site map | About us | Contact us | Medical experts | Communities | Join us | External reviews | Your privacy | Rules

Copyright Web4Health 2003-2013 Stockholm (Sweden), Lüneburg (Germany), Ioannina (Greece), Goes (Netherlands), Rimini (Italy)

The aim of Web4Health is to give good and useful free medical advice, help and self help in the areas of mental health, psychology, personality disorders, relationships, stress, anxiety, depression, emotional abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse, types of mental illness, etc.

Below is an example from our data base. This example will be automatically replaced about twice an hour.

School Phobia - School Refusal Treatment, Not Wanting to Go To School

Written by: Dr. Martin Winkler

First version: 22 Jul 2008. Latest revision: 01 Aug 2008.


 What should I do with children not wanting to go to school, give advice om school refusal treatment.


When children or adolescents do not want to go to school, this may have various reasons. The 20th conference of the American Anxiety Disorder Association suggests a combined treatment.

Children who refuse to go to school often are diagnosed with anxiety disorders like the so called fear of seperation, depression or the combination of both disorders. This may require educational counseling, cognitive orientated psychotherapy and/or medication.

Medication is not applied at the beginning of the therapy. Only when psychotherapy turns out to not be sufficient, or the children don't go to school during a long period, medicational treatment with antidepressants should be considered.

For children with severe generalised fears or fear of seperation respectively depression, so called SSRIs (=Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) could be an option. But recently these medicaments have been very disputed. They are not accredited as a treatment for school phobia, but under professional control and included in a combined psychotherapy and educational counseling/family therapy they can be an effective help. Benzodiazepine or other medicines that relieve anxiety (that are used to some extent for adults) should not be applied on children.

The participation and cooperation of the parents is of course inalienable, which is a big challenge for the family. If everybody (children, parents and school) works together, the children with these disorders can be helped effectively.

More information

Sources, references


Non-Google Advertisements: