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What is the correlation between school stress and depression

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Emily Jones

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of What is the correlation between school stress and depression

Sch l stress & depression in teens
Can stress from school cause depression?
Correlation between
Stress & depression
45% of students suffer from depression due to the pressures and stress from school!
How many of you feel stress from school? Pressure to succeed by parents, teachers, peers, and even yourself? Do you feel motivated to do your work? At this point in the year, how many of you feel "burnt out"? Does the mere thought of homework, projects, and tests make you feel stressed?
fun fact
"Sustained or chronic stress, in particular, leads to elevated hormones such as cortisol, the 'stress hormone', and reduced serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, which has been linked to depression...When stress response fails to shut off...it can lead to depression in susceptible people."
-Karen Bruno, The Stress-Depression Connection
What are some of the main stressors caused by school?
work load (too much busy work!)
getting good grades
social pressures
academic competition (class rank etc.)
and many more!
How can stress from school lead to depression?
Homework and studying are known to keep students awake until late hours of the night if not all night. Failure to succeed after these long hours of work or even failure to fit in socially with their peers can be detrimental to a student's self esteem. These aspects of school as well as many others are causing students to neglect healthy lifestyle practices which can increase their risk of depression.
How does stress/depression affect academic success?
Stress caused by school related aspects can not only lead to depression but can also negatively affect academic success and the overall health of the student. Stress can often be caused or can lead to lack of sleep, exercise, and poor eating habits which can, in turn, lead to depression and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. These health problems can also lead to irritability and a lack of motivation that can cause one's academic success to be negatively impacted. "Higher levels of anxiety and depression [are] associated with lower academic performance" (Owens, Stephenson, Hadwin, and Norgate)
stress (social or academic)
Poor lifestyle choices
low self confidence
So what should we do?
We should get rid of school
As much as many of us would love that, it's probably not the best option if we wish to not be stupid. we can try to cut out the busy work that causes this stress, anxiety, & pressure in students and focus on implementing a less stressful method that can help students learn without making them hate every second of it
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