Breakdown: The Facts About Teacher Stress by John Cosgrove

By John Cosgrove

Among 1989 and 1999 part the lecturers in England and Wales give up their posts. through the overdue nineties greater than six thousand academics a yr have been retiring early on grounds of in poor health healthiness. lately infrequently a faculty within the state has now not misplaced at the least one instructor as a result of a 'nervous breakdown'.Breakdown appears to be like at what's taking place in instructing this present day. Why breakdowns became so universal, what it capability to endure a breakdown, and the implications of this epidemic for colleges and kids. It indicates what academics can do to assist themselves, what colleges should still do to aid their employees and the ways that the neighborhood professionals can provide useful aid.

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Like the officer of the watch on a wartime submarine in hostile waters, you don’t wait for absolute confirmation that the thing dropping rapidly towards you is a depth charge. You hit the alarm and take evasive action. The training ground of evolution has impressed this on officer-ofthe-watch First Mate Adrenaline. If something happens that you don’t understand, if you can’t cope, if your system doesn’t know what’s going 34 Stress on, if events are running out of your control – this is danger! Hit the alarm!

95. Stress 13. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, ‘Sex differences in depression: Theory and evidence’, Psychological Bulletin 101, 259–65. 14. Statistics supplied by the statistical unit of the DfEE, London, at the author’s request. 15. T. Dinan, Understanding the Biology of Mental Disorders, Science Press Ltd, London, 1997. 47 3 Teaching and stress In 1876, the boys’ head, struggling with four standards, a half-hearted pupil-teacher and an insubordinate assistant, complained: ‘More work than I can properly get through .

I do not want to alarm anyone unduly, so it’s worth stating unambiguously that stress does not give you cancer. What the evidence seems to indicate that it may do is have an effect on the rate of growth of a tumour. I should also emphasize, as Freud is supposed to have once remarked, that there are times when a cigar is just a cigar. Every headache is not automatically a sign of stress. Sleepless nights can be caused by the cup of coffee just before you go to bed. Chest pains may have something to do with refereeing the school’s first football match of the season.

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