Mental health vs school By Elisa Hardesty

 Mental health, we all have struggles, we all have problems some of us worse than others. What are these problems? What causes them? What can we do about them? Today it’s my job to discuss Mental health problems, and how specifically school affects them. We will be using information from a survey taken by 27 people

   Our first mental health topic is our most common problem, Anxiety. 78% of people have severe anxiety and get stressed extremely easily. What are the symptoms of anxiety? Well people with severe anxiety can have panic attacks over small situations or small problems, people typically are known to be unable to put their worry aside have hypervigilance and irritability, unwanted thoughts and so on. People who have Anxiety typically develop other mental problems such as depression, Ptsd, Schizophrenia, harm themselves and so on.

  Next we have Ptsd (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) usually caused by a gruesome event such as watching someone die, kidnapping, a car accident and so on.  59% of the 27 have Ptsd which can increase anxiety, depression, insomnia, and physical detachment to others. symptoms are nightmares or unwanted memories of the event. avoidance of things that once made them happy as well as avoiding situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, and/or a depressed mood.

 Then we have Depression, a common problem usually developed in middle school. 52% have Depression which can be caused by many things anxiety, Ptsd, Schizophrenia, abuse, stress, and so on. Symptoms of depression include the persistant feeling of sadness, lack of concentration, slowness in activity and the development of suicidal thoughts. It may also include anxiety, mood swings, loss of interest,  excessive or restless sleeping, insomnia, excessive crying, social isolation, and poor appetite. Depression typically comes with self harm and suicidal thoughts but not always. Signs of self harm may include the refusal to wear T-shirts and tank tops as well as shorts, the quick loss of weight and constant hunger (typically a sign of anorexia) 48% of people have self harmed. Self harm like depression typically starts around middle school or around the ages of 12-14.

   Finally, we have Schizophrenia, the mental health issue where typically thought of hearing voices in your head or seeing people who aren’t really there is also “characterized by thoughts or experiences that seem out of touch with reality, disorganized speech or behavior, and decreased participation in daily activities.” typical signs include hallucinations and delusions, fear, social isolation, disorganized and/or compulsive behavior, amnesia, aggression, fatigue, and much more.

  So after all this, How does school affect or cause these problems? Well after looking through the facts of the survey a staggering 88% of the mental health issued were in fact caused by school  and the stress that comes with it. Going deeper we found that 70% of the problem was homework. Due to the problems our school has caused as of late such as changing student lunch numbers half way through the year making it so most of the school can no longer get lunch at school does not help these problems. Well going even further in these mental health issues cause distrust in students and staff here and affect speech and actions. 63% of peoples mental health issues affect their speech and grades, while 66% affect how people act at home. As for distrust well, 62% of people believe they can talk to students 19% believe they can talk to staff while 37% of people believe they have no one. School has been proven to cause stress, depression and many other mental health issues. So let me ask you this: how can we fix this?

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