Severe Depression In Schools

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Depressive Disorders:
Why Schools Should Help

Every single day thousands of students walk the halls of their schools with depression and hopelessness weighing them down. Some kids may only be depressed for a few weeks, but some may be depressed for years. Depression is an emotionally crippling disorder that needs to be understood by everyone so that anyone who is struggling can get the help they need and deserve. High schoolers and college students need help in their struggle with depression and this requires the knowledge and cooperation of counselors, educators, and peers. Due to the rise of depression in high school and college students, educational facilities need to take action by raising awareness and implementing effective treatment
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Major Depressive Disorder is the diagnostic term for severe depression. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders section on “Depressive Disorders”, five or more of the following symptoms will occur on an almost daily basis for a period of at least two weeks: change in weight, insomnia or hypersomnia, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death/suicide and/or suicide attempts, could appear of feel irritable rather than depressed, and diminished interest or pleasure in activities. Other depressive disorders, such as Dysthymic disorder, are similar in symptoms to Major Depressive Disorder but the symptoms are generally more mild and typically last only a few weeks at a time. Although it is less severe, it 's common for people to experience Dysthymia multiple times throughout their life and possibly even every year making it the most common of the depressive disorders. The majority of depressive symptoms are common among anyone at any point in time, however it becomes a Depressive Disorder when the symptoms have …show more content…
It shows that you don 't care and invites the students to give up, guaranteeing their failure. Draw them out in class discussion and do whatever it takes to stimulate their minds so that they don 't, in turn, learn to ignore you. . . Let them know that you care, but without getting too personal. Help them to update any missing assignments, or set up extra study time - whether they accept your efforts or not all depends upon the severity of the depression . The fact that you 've proven you care can make all the difference in the world. . . Never give up on the student - regardless of how long they haven 't wanted to put forth any effort in your class. Students can tell when a teacher no longer believes in them and expects them to fail, and it only ends up making the situation worse than necessary. (Madison)
The students need to be recognized and assisted as soon as possible. Allowing the suffering to continue is the same as allowing someone to be bullied or not sending a family member to a doctor when they become extremely sick. It is the teachers responsibility to maintain the safety of their students, the individual to seek help when they realize they need it, and friends to stick with and stand up for their friends in

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