The Influence of Childhood Mental Disorders On the Quality of Public Education

1037 WordsJun 17, 20185 Pages
It is becoming more and more common in the contemporary world to see a child with some sort of mental disorder. Fortunately, it is usually not as serious as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but nonetheless it is a great stress for both the kid, their family and people around them. According to the reports by the U. S. Surgeon General and the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2010), four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Of children ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that causes at least minimal impairment. Two most common mental illnesses that children have are…show more content…
It is commonly known that teachers tend to treat unsuccessful students with less patience and understanding, causing even more stress in mentally ill students, leading to increased symptomatology, closing the vicious circle (Ebaugh, Rymer, & Commonwealth Fund, 1942). Negative attitude of teachers changes the attitude of healthy students towards the unbalanced ones, influencing greatly the already impaired ability of the latter to sustain social relationships. The lack of understanding and support of the peers and mentors lead to decreased self-esteem in troubled children, as well as increasing concerns about their personality. Sometimes these children start looking for some abnormality within them, which causes anxiety and even panic disorders. Increased stress causes worsening of the symptoms and can result in closure and denial, leading to even more severe psychological disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis or even schizophrenia (Vergason & Anderegg, 1997). According to some psychologists and psychiatrists, there is an alternative way to educate children with mental disorders. It is homeschooling, which represents the teaching of a child by either parents or tutors for a long period of time. If it is a hired tutor who takes
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