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Common Mental Health Disorders Seen in School

  • ODD
  • Depression
  • Teen Suicide
  • Divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
This usually occurs in early childhood, most of the time before age 7, and is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness that are far beyond the normal “kid behavior.” If a child struggles with holding their attention and being impulsive but is not hyperactive, they may have ADD. Click here for website  Click here for website
ODD, or Oppositional Defiant Disorder, is a behavioral problem that is usually diagnosed in children that show extreme defiance of authority, hostility and a willful disobedience to rules and limits. This is not to be confused with normal child development during which each child in their own way learns to be independent and say “no” to others, even their parents. They will have problems at home, in school and most if not all other areas of their lives and tend to have a bad temper as well as an unwillingness to accept responsibility for their actions.  Click here for website
Depression is an extended period of feeling sad, miserable and hopeless that interferes with a person’s living their daily lives. Everyone feels sad and down at times in their lives, but when you can’t get out of the “dumps” and it is hard to manage your day to day life because it seems overwhelming or you just can’t get motivated, you may be depressed. Please see your doctor as there are medical issues that can look and feel just like depression. If there are no other causes for these feelings, you may need to seek counseling or try medication for a period of time.  Click here for website
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that for every teen who commits suicide there are up to 25 attempts that are not completed. That means that for every teen suicide that you hear of there are probably at least 25 suicide attempts made. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and while teen girls are more likely to attempt suicide than boys, teen boys are 4 times more likely to die from suicide than females. Some of the major risk factors to look out for are aggressive behavior, disruptive behavior, substance abuse and depression as well as the presence or access to firearms. Please act immediately if you think that someone may be thinking of killing themselves. Tell someone who can help like an adult close to the teen or their teacher or coach at school, do not take any threats or talk about suicide lightly as this is most likely a call for help. Click here for website  Click here for website
Divorce can be devastating to a family under certain circumstances. If parents are angry and bitter and allow the children to be caught in between their issues it can seriously affect the children involved. The financial changes a family may go through along with possibly moving away from schools, friends and support systems may be very difficult to adapt to as well. It is up to the parents to help the children through this rough time no matter how hard it may be; remember, it is not the fault of the children and they should not be blamed or used to get back at the other parent. Seek counseling even if there are not immediate signs of trouble as this is always a life changing event. Click here for website     Click here for additional website
When a close friend or loved one dies, it is normal to feel the sadness and loss that comes at this time. The support of friends and family is extremely important to help us through the difficulty as is giving ourselves permission to grieve in our own way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. You may feel anger, sadness, frustration or a host of other emotions at any time during the process. Grief that lasts an exceptionally long time and/or interferes with your ability to function in the day to day world can be a serious problem and lead to other issues such as depression. If you or a loved one is experiencing a prolonged bereavement, perhaps a year or more, or is struggling to manage your day to day life following a loss then please seek help from your doctor, a counselor or clergy.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations.  For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive.  While the person suffering may realize their anxiety is too much,they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living.  There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder to name a few.  Collectively, they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.  Click here for website


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