By John Cosgrove
Among 1989 and 1999 part the lecturers in England and Wales hand over their posts. via the overdue nineties greater than six thousand academics a 12 months have been retiring early on grounds of unwell wellbeing and fitness. in recent times not often a college within the state has now not misplaced a minimum of one instructor due to a 'nervous breakdown'.Breakdown seems to be at what's occurring in instructing at the present time. Why breakdowns became so universal, what it skill to endure a breakdown, and the results of this epidemic for faculties and kids. It indicates what lecturers can do to aid themselves, what colleges should still do to assist their employees and the ways that the neighborhood gurus can supply useful aid.
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And there are any number of authoratitive works which describe the symptoms of depression. This is PETER: At first I just felt numb, almost unreal, and I was in a world of my own. When I could feel, it was a mixture of sadness and anger . . and I didn’t know what to do. I became more and more 16 Breakdown anxious especially when I got pains in my chest. 5 FRANK: I didn’t want to talk to anybody, I felt empty, couldn’t think straight and just stared into space. 6 MICHAEL: I became more withdrawn, stared into space and just wanted to be in bed all day.
So far, so (relatively) unexciting. All that I’ve written in this chapter about stress is based on the truth that our bodies have a set response to Stress 37 perceived danger. A wide range of different stressors produces the same, or similar, effects. Hungry pack of wolves? Year 9 last period on a Friday afternoon? Angry bear? Overdemanding headteacher? All these get the adrenaline pumping, the heart racing and could trigger your nervous tic. Repeatedly activating this stress response as well as keeping it activated over a long period produces in teachers the sort of health problems I have identified.
Overdemanding headteacher? All these get the adrenaline pumping, the heart racing and could trigger your nervous tic. Repeatedly activating this stress response as well as keeping it activated over a long period produces in teachers the sort of health problems I have identified. Yet while I have known many teachers responding to stress with frustration, irritability and aggression, and while I have met teachers whose stress has produced migraines, backaches and sleep problems, these conditions do not usually force teachers to retire on the grounds of ill health.
Breakdown: The Facts About Teacher Stress by John Cosgrove