Depression In School

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Depression is the third leading cause of death of death in young adults fifteen to age twenty-four yet depression is still the most overlooked disease especially in school age children. Everyone knows that children, especially teens are moody and hormonal but serious issues are also common to rapidly develop during this time, most of the time parents can’t tell the difference between just distance of a moody teen to when they actually need to step in, but what if we just taught children and teachers how to be aware and how to handle it themselves? Mental health issues including depression and anxiety from childhood to adolescence are often left untreated and long-term effects from depression may be seen in social skills, personal life decisions…show more content…
Teens are more likely to show signs of depression through behavioral patterns that should be easily seen in school, although lack of motivation and other behavioral problems can also be mistaken for depression. Signs of depression would look like, lack of motivation, sadness, isolation, decline in self-care, crying, irritability, suicide attempt/self harm or scars on arms or other parts of the body, detachment from others, poor eating habits, fatigue, and saying things that resemble ones of someone thinking about suicide such as jokes. Bullying is a concept that is commonly and regularly taught in schools, however, I could argue that depression is more important to teach students considering that most students that get bullied end up also experiencing depression. One in four kids are being bullied and not only is this less than the kids that experience thoughts of suicide the child that is bullied is most likely to also experience depression. Teachers often see their students crying in the hall and pass them without a second look, although sure teachers think that them stepping in might cause a scene but isn’t it their job to see if…show more content…
This will more than likely cause the child to build up metaphorical walls, not only are they not effective but they in force feelings of incompetence and can deepen the depression. A student with depression should not automatically be sent to a counselor as in schools the counselor is often busy and don’t deal with the issues as well as they could, the student diagnosed with depression should receive extra help and be monitored closely for signs of suicidal tendencies. They should also make adjustments on certain tasks and assignments, the assignment by no means would be easier or expectations lowered such as breaking the assignment up so the student doesn’t feel as much pressure or giving them a larger amount of time than the other students if the child is falling behind. You should also always contact a parent if you see any signs of depression just so the parent can look out for signs as well. Each case is different and there are many causes that could be the cause of the depression including absence of a nurturing home life. However, you should always plan for success in schooling, little accomplishments can
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