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3-5 million children ages nine to 17 have some form of mental illness.
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BDD strikes in adolescence and affects both men and women.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.
Depression ranks among the Top 3 workplace issues in the US, along with family crisis and stress
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Major Depressive Disorder The leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3 Affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Anxiety BBD can’t be cured but disorders treatment affect one in can help eight children
BBD can start as early as early as age six
GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1 percent of the U.S. population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ABOUT THEIR HIDDEN MENTAL ILLNESSES
Senior Lily Johnson talks about her struggle with depression in the school system Q: How does depression impact your everyday life? A: “It’s really hard to ever feel involved in class or passionate about
anything I’m learning. I used to be really invested in my schoolwork but now I really just don’t care because I feel like I’m just gonna die anyway. I don’t feel any interest in things that I used to like or things that I used to be super passionate about.”
Q: What help has the school offered to you in light of your mental illness? A: “I mean there’s some help. I’ve been referred to the school social worker before and she’s really nice. She’s told me about some counseling options and she lets me come in to talk. My depression is really bad and it does affect my school work and the teachers don’t really care because that’s not an excuse. If my leg was broken that would be a valid excuse but having depression or an anxiety attack isn’t a valid excuse.” Q: What message do adults usually send to students with depression? A: “Students are often told that it’s not a big deal and you just have
to suck it up.”
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Caytie Tipps talks anxiety, panic attacks, and how school makes it worse
causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and to spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance. It is usually characterized by a warped perception about one’s weight or small details that impact an individual’s self worth.
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trash “I hate my life ” My t high s ar e too big too big
eat, feel guilty
Q: How does your anxiety impact your academic performance? A: “My anxiety definitely affects my academic performance. If I get too
stressed I’ll just sit there and panic and cry so I will be too stressed out to go to school. Then that makes me miss more school days, but if I were to go when I was feeling too stressed I would have a panic attack. My medication helps though.”
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about not going to school because of what I’ll miss. Either way, I get stressed and more anxious.”
‘Mindfulness’ unit offered for sophomore gym classes. Students with anxiety are treated properly more outside of school than inside school. Outside of school, there are parents, friends, counselors and doctors that will help you, but in school, there may only be certain teachers that will try to help.”
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Body dysmorphic disorder (BBD) • An anxiety disorder that
Q: How does school affect your everyday life? A: “It makes me not want to go to school, but at the same time, I get stressed
Q: How does the school accommodate your anxiety? A: “School doesn’t accommodate anxiety. The most they have is a
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graphic illustration by Tessa Johnson