Social/Emotional Development

Anxiety: is an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it (Merriam-Websters).

For more information on anxiety: http://teenshealth.org/teen/your mind/mental health/anxiety.html

Depression: is a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection or hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies (Merriam-Websters).

For more information on depression: http://teenhealth.org/teen/your mind/mental health/depression.html

Stress: the way in which the body reacts to changes.

For more information on dealing with stress: http://www.mindspring.com/~wholistic/teens stress.html

Drugs and Alcohol: The use of alcohol and drugs comes with large risks. They can impair your judgement, and have health risks such as damage to your organs, increase of cancer risks, and even lead to death.

Some of the risks are: Accidental injuries, car crashes, fights, trouble with the law, hangovers, weight gain, high blood pressure, depressed immune system, cancer, liver disease, alcohol poisoning, poor school performance, poor work performance, relationship troubles, and personality changes.

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Self-Esteem: is how much we feel loved, accepted, valued, and thought of by other people. It is important to build a healthy and positive self-esteem as it will affect everything that you do. Here are ways in which you can improve your self-esteem:

  • Try to stop thinking negatively about yourself.
  • Aim to accomplish things, instead of perfecting them.
  • Look at your mistakes as an opportunity to learn.
  • Try new things.
  • Recognize the difference between things you can change, and things you cannot.
  • Set goals.
  • Take pride in your opinions.
  • Make a contribution.
  • Have fun!

Mental Health: is how you feel, think, act, and behave. It includes your life, how you cope, and how you see your future. Here are some things that you can do in order to have a positive mental health:

  • When angry, talk to someone that can help.
  • Find safe and healthy activities to do at home.
  • Write down your goals so that you can stay focused.
  • Avoid using alcohol and drugs as they can be harmful.

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