What is more important- Health or Wealth?
What is more problematic- Poor grade or Illness?
What is more fatal- A teacher’s scolding or a life-long disease?
I think most of us sometimes think of these questions, right?
‘‘Our brains are sick but that’s okay because at the end it’s our academic grades which matters more than our health!’’
Ask any student what’s homework to them, and you will get the same answer- Physically, mentally, emotionally tiring. It is true that homework solving is no longer limited to a way of learning or improving your understanding of the concepts taught in class. What makes the matter worse is the fact that students often get into fatal health problems.
With the education pattern getting more and more difficult day by day, homework these days is more of overburden. Given the fact there is huge study pressure, teachers are often compelled to assign homework on a regular basis.
With a wide range of subjects that students have to study nowadays, it gets difficult for students to manage homework on every subject, each having immediate submission deadline.
Mental Health Problems faced by students
Researchers have always concluded that students are loaded with excessive homework throughout their school life. Be it the kindergarten days or the high school days, there has never been an escape from the homework solving process.
A 2015 study, published in the American Journal of Family Therapy, concluded that researchers have found that students of first and second grades receive 28-29 minutes of homework, almost three times the amount which experts suggest.
Some researches which were conducted on high school students have shown how homework leads to adverse effects in children. A 2013 study which was published in The Journal of Experimental Education has advised that any homework which consumes more than 2 hours per night leads to fatal effects.
The study had even stated that more than 70% of total students have accepted that they are always stressed due to their homework. The study further depicted that 56 % students have even opted homework to be the main reason for their stress in life.
According to The American Psychological Association, the mental status of a child is important for a student’s overall well-being. Just like the physical health, even the mental health of a child is vital for overall development.
The organization has further claimed that millions of students in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with mental health problems due to overburden of studies.
5 common mental health effects faced by students
Researchers have concluded that a majority of mental health problems rise due to anxiety. This anxiety rises due to several factors in school and colleges.
Students suffering from anxiety disorders struggle to finish their homework on time, face difficulty while completing them, worry of the consequences that a bad homework may lead to, and especially about the grade the homework will fetch.
It has even been noticed that students with anxiety disorders may further be prone to alcohol and drug use.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Students suffering from this problem have symptoms like getting angry, turning hostile or having negativity towards their faculty members and other classmates. These students have the habit of blaming others for every fatal consequence. They even have the habit of challenging what their teacher is teaching in the class. The worst part of this issue is that it further affects all other students.
- Depression and Suicide Risk
Depression is another health problem which a large number of students face nowadays. The effect of depression is such that it can suddenly bring down a student’s grades, absence of mind, poor interactive skills and lack of motivation during study time.
Parents can further notice that these children suffer from drowsiness, isolation, poor assignment quality, incomplete homework, tardiness, isolation, etc.
A student suffering from depression may even commit suicide if he/she gets too much disgusted with the affairs of academic life.
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6.8 % of American 3-17-year-olds have been diagnosed with this disease. Among all other health issues, this has the most fatal consequence in a student’s abilities and skills. Some of the symptoms of ADHD are habits like too much distraction, poor attention in class hours, hyperactivity, excessive talkativeness, etc.
Parents and teachers who find students suffering from such a disease can ask the student to start medication. However, one needs to carefully check if the ADHD is leading to another dangerous problem known as bipolar disorder.
- Eating Disorders
This is a disease which anyone can get affected anytime. However, it has been noted that it is the teenagers who have the most chances to get affected. There are students who are so affected with the pressure of homework that they fail to manage time for their meals. From remaining awake throughout the night to skipping breakfast due to last minute homework, students have the tendency to get trapped under this disease easily.
“Prevention is surely better than cure.