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back to school- Students mental health/ august
Back to School- Students Mental Health! Understanding the effects of trauma can have on the mind and how traumatic events may trigger the onset of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and psychosis. By increasing understanding of trauma and recognition of early warning signs of mental health conditions, we hope to encourage young people to seek help and support as soon as possible so that they can address issues Before Stage 4.
Additional Information from Mental Health America:
Trauma- occurs when something bad happens that makes you feel unsafe and scared. It can have an ongoing impact on your life. Lots of different kinds of events can cause trauma.
Examples: being bullied, being abused, seeing something violent, losing a loved one, not feeling safe at home or school, living through a disaster like a bad accident, fire, or hurricane, and being exposed to something bad that happened to a loved one.
Depression- Feeling down from time to time is different than having depression. When you have depression, it feels like there is a dark cloud over everyone and everything, and it is hard to feel good. 3.1 million youth ages 12-17 deal with periods of major depression.
Symptoms of depression: having trouble with schoolwork, not participating in activities you used to enjoy, sadness and hopelessness, lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation, anger and rage, overreaction to criticism, feelings of being unable to meet expectations, poor self-esteem or guilt, problems with making decisions, lack of concentration or forgetfulness, and suicidal thoughts or actions.
Anxiety- having anxious feelings is different than having an anxiety disorder. When you have an anxiety disorder, anxious feelings are extreme, can happen without warning or reason, have physical symptoms, and last for extended amounts of time. 31.9% of youth ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety Disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: feelings of constant, exaggerated worry and tension, always
expecting the worst, difficulty relaxing or sleeping, and physical symptoms such as
tiredness, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, irritability or hot flashes.
Phobias: being afraid of an object or situation that is actually relatively safe, but the thought of facing it brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety, intense fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in front of other people which keeps you from being social, and having intense anxiety about being in places or situations that might make you feel helpless or trapped, often making it difficult to leave the house.
Panic Disorder: unexpected attacks of extreme terror which often have physical symptoms like shortness of breath or rapid breathing, shaking, choking sensation, sweating, and fast heart rate, feeling like you're losing control, going crazy, or dying, and intense fear between attacks about when & where the next one will happen.
Social Anxiety Disorder: extreme fear of social or competitive situations, being terrified of humiliation, rejection, or being judged negatively, and physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating, and racing thoughts at the idea of interacting with people or being in large groups.
Preventing Suicide- It can be hard to know how to deal with all the things life throws at us. For some, sometimes death seems like the only option. More young people survive suicide attempts than die, but even one death is too many. It’s important to know that there is help and there is hope. Suicide is the second cause of death among youth ages 10-24. Boys are more likely to die from suicide while girls are more likely to report attempting suicide.
Warning Signs: threats of suicide, either direct or indirect, verbal hints such as “I won’t be around much longer” or “It’s hopeless”, obsession with death, depression, overwhelming sense of guilt, shame or rejection, putting affairs in order (for example, giving or throwing away favorite possessions), dramatic change in personality or appearance, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, changes in school performance, and lack of interest in future plans.
Resources to get help: