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Blood is boiling, Clock is ticking: Anxiety in high school

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Anxiety during high school is soul crushing. Anxiety is usually a feeling of  nervousness, unease, and extreme worry. During high school, students are stressing to get a better grade or to graduate. Students may be in an IB class or AP class and these feelings are common for them.

However, some teens may feel this and not have an anxiety disorder and that is okay. It is important to get diagnosed from a doctor so that the teen could find something to help them with their anxiety. There are many prescribed medications that someone could take to help with anxiety.

Some of these things are different kinds of medications such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), Anxiolytic, Antidepressants, Sedatives, and a Nerve pain medication. These can help teens and young adults who are struggling as long as it is in the right dosage and prescribed from a doctor.

Other things teens and young adults could do if medication is not right for them is avoid alcohol, this is illegal as a minor anyways.

  • Reduce caffeine intake, it isn’t something you should consume all the time.
  • Physical exercise, this will help to find a way to channel your anxiety.  
  • Some others are quitting smoking, smoking messes with a teens brain and can leave harmful side effects.  
  • Relaxation techniques, take up a yoga class or meditate, these can help teens and young adults feel better about themselves and calm their nerves.
  • Lastly, a healthy diet, when someone is eating good, they feel good too.

However, with all these treatments today, society has not always been so accepting of people who do have Anxiety. It has been common among people all over the world for a very long time. For a long time, anxiety was looked at as something that made the person terrible. They would be placed in Insane Asylums, where the people were treated unfairly.

The Asylums were a place of filth and neglect.  A reporter for Life Magazine went undercover for an article and found that the patients, who were treated more like prisoners, were forced to live in terrible conditions all because they had a mental illness. One of the more famous Asylums for this was the 1940’s Byberry Insane Asylum. They were understaffed and were monsters to their patients. There were several accounts of the staff beating the patients.

A life magazine reporter by the name of Albert Maisel wrote the article “bedlam 1946” where he wrote about the beatings saying, “the fact is that beatings are merely the extreme end product which thrusts upon overworked, poorly trained and shamefully underpaid employees the burden of controlling hundreds of patients whom they fear and despise.”

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