Mental Health Of Students With Anxiety And Depression

1513 Words Jan 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Today, more than ever, schools must be educated regarding the mental health of students and any challenges that they may face when working towards academic and social success. There have been many published evidence based approaches when working with students with anxiety or depression, but there are some disorders that have not had the focus that they deserve and leave school counselors and teachers attempting to navigate through services without a thorough understanding of the needs of the students. Attachment disorders fall into this category, specifically reactive attachment disorder (RAD). “Unlike many disorders that are proven or presumed to have a genetic, biochemical, or other internal basis, RAD, by definition, is caused by the environment” (Shaw & Pdez, 2007, p. 71). As a result, there is little evidence of treatments that have had a major effect. However, there are interventions that have been beneficial to supporting the child in the school environment. Attachment disorders are rare within the general population and include only about one percent of children, while these disorders are present in about forty percent of children who were adopted or reside in foster care (Losinski, Katsiyannis, White, & Wiseman, 2016). Children in foster care have been a population that I have worked extensively with and find that they are often times underserved in many aspects. By identifying the etiology, implications for the students, and interventions for school professionals,…
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