Start of school year shows increase in school-related stress - WKRN News 2

Start of school year shows increase in school-related stress

Posted: Updated: Aug 19, 2013 02:17 AM CDT
Richard Clark, CEO, Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Franklin Richard Clark, CEO, Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Franklin
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

The start of the school year signals a troubling trend for children and teens.

There has been a large increase in the number of young people being treated at hospitals and mental health clinics.

The beginning of school doesn't necessarily mean a fresh start for every student; old problems often pick up right where they left off.

Nick Salazar is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

"For years I had some sort of incident right around September, right around the time I was going back to school," he explained.

For Salazar, that meant a DUI or getting caught with drugs.

School-related stress for some students can lead to depression or other serious mental health issues.

Richard Clark, CEO of Rolling Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Franklin, explained, "It's a time when we see a lot more stresses in terms of what young people deal with."

Clark says parents should pay attention.

"If the signs of your teen are ignored, such as self loathing, self medicating, or self harm, this can lead to further problems that need to be addressed immediately," he said.

While grades and social stress have always been present, Clark says young people now have something unique to contend with: social media.

"The use of social media in this day in age magnifies, or magnifies a lot of these issues young people deal with, and often what becomes a personal issue is broadcast to the masses, and that can lead to extreme stress in a young person," he explained.
Clark added not to wait to seek help if you see these signs.

"We take this particular period of time seriously, and ask that parents do also, and school counselors do it also," he said.

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