When to seek help for stress

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Most people are able to handle the stress in their lives.  However, sometimes the stress can be too much to deal with on your own.  When this happens you should seek professional help.  There is nothing wrong with needing help to get through a life event, a period of time, or even everyday life.  In the school there are many adults a student can speak with to receive help.  Students can always see a guidance counselor.  This is normally the best place to start.  A guidance counselor can deal with many common situations.  Schools also have social workers and psychologists for students who need some extra help.  These professionals work with students every day and are great at helping students deal with and manage stress.  Some students might have an anxiety disorder and need further help. These students should find a psychiatrist and a private psychologist.  The school psychologist can make a recommendation if he or she feels the child needs additional help.

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life, you should seek professional medical assistance.

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How to recognize stress

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People show many different symptoms of stress.  Stress impacts all of your life.   It can cause emotional symptoms like being agitated, feeling moody, overwhelmed or depressed, and having low self-esteem.  It can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, aches and pain, inability to sleep, low energy, or nervousness and shaking.  It can also cause cognitive symptoms including worrying, racing thoughts, forgetfulness, and inability to focus.  It can also change your behavior including your appetite, procrastination, and increased use of alcohol or drugs.  This is just a short list of symptoms.   Remember everyone responds differently to stress.

 

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life you should seek professional medical assistance.

Social Media Apps and Sites Parents Should Watch Out For

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Here is a list of social media apps and sites parents should watch out for.  New apps and sites are constantly being created and we will try to keep up-to-date with the latest apps.  We always recommend that parents talk to their children about apps, cyber-bullying, and privacy.  There are many apps that can be okay for children if they are used correctly. (There is a list at the bottom of this post.)  You should always monitor what your children are doing on these apps, especially at the younger ages.  Many of these apps are for 13+ or 17+ but children can lie about their age and create an account.

Top 10 Apps to Watch For

1) Yik Yak

The app is rated 17+.  Everything is posted anonymously.  It was started for college students to spread the word about parties and events.  Younger students are using it to spread rumors or hurtful comments.  The “Yaks” (posts) show up based on area.  This makes it easy to post about other students, teachers, or the school itself and only have other local students see the yaks.

2) Tinder

The app is rated 17+ but you can sign up at the age of 13.  It is used to “hook up” with other local people.  It is also location based and anonymous other than a picture.  This app can be used for sexual harassment, stalking, or other similarly scary uses.

3) Kik Messenger

The app is rated 17+.  It is a messenger app and therefore users and connect with other users who they do not know.  The app has been used for cyber-bullying and sexting.

4) Snapchat

The app is rated 12+.  The app allows users to send pictures or short videos to other users.  The picture or video will disappear after 10 seconds of viewing.  However, users can take screenshots and save the picture forever.  The app is being used for sexting and sending nude photos.

5) Whisper

This app is rated 17+.  It is another anonymous app.  Users are encouraged to share secrets and confessions and add pictures.  Other users can then like the secret or confession.  The app also uses location.

6) Creppy

This app allows users to find another users location based on pictures that have been posted to social media sites.  It opens the location right in Google Maps.

7) Qooh.me

This site allows users to anonymously ask questions.  It is an open site with no login or monitors.

8) Omegle

The app is rated 18+.  Talk to Strangers.  It picks random people for you to talk to.  You can chat via text or video.  It is anonymous unless the user shares information.

9) Blendr

The app is rated highly mature.  A flirting app based on location.  Flirt and meet other users and go on dates.

10) Down

The app is for people who are down to hook up.  This app used to be called Bang with Friends.

Facebook Apps to Watch For

1) Ask.fm

This a Facebook app.  It is a question-answer app.  Students are sometimes using these questions for cyber-bullying.

2) Poke

This is a Facebook app similar to Snapchat.

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Always monitor apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, Pheed, Oovoo, Skype, WhatsApp, Reddit.  Most of the apps are okay.  However, users can find inappropriate content, post information that should not be shared, or use them for cyber-bullying.

What is stress?

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Stress is a physical response to events that cause a change.  Some amount of stress is good and causes us to be productive and reach our goals.   But too much stress causes us to shut down.  Other stress can be from fear such as the fight or flight response.  Everyone experiences stress at one point out another in his or her life.  It is important to recognize it and know how to handle it properly.

Stress can be caused by many things.  Here’s a brief list of some things that can be affecting students.

  • School: too much work, difficult work, oral presentations
  • Jobs
  • Too much responsibility
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Moving
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Traumatic Event: natural disaster, theft, violence, rape, ect
  • Emotional problems

If you are worried that you cannot manage the stress in your life, you should seek professional medical assistance.