OCD, Mathew Adams

OCD is really interesting actually. It is a brain disorder that is surprisingly common. Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over.For many people, OCD starts during childhood or the teen years. Most people are diagnosed by about age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go and be better or worse at different times. Imagine you were stuck, on one thought or image. It would not go away. The only way to get rid of it is to do what the image is, when you do it you get an odd sense of pleasure. But, when something happens that is extremely the opposite of the thought or image, you feel OH MY GOD COME ON, COME ON. GO AWAY! You absolutely HAVE to fix that, if you don’t you will start freaking out. Pulling your hair out, like HELP ME!! You can not move on in life until that thing is fixed. That is what people with OCD go through. They also, in most cases hate germs. They will wash their hands over and over, for like 10 minutes, sometimes making their hands bleed. Scientists are not sure about a cure, they only know that it can run in the family.

My thinking actually changed a lot, I chose this project because I have a friend, who’s dad has OCD. I did not think that OCD was that severe really, until I did this project. Now I know it wrecks people lives. Also effecting there whole family, sever damage to the brain in OCD is a horrible thing. Especially because their is no cure. I also thought people with OCD only cared about organization. I did not know that people with OCD also care about other things, like germs, rituals, etc… I also did not know that OCD is very common, and effects 2.2 million adults around the U.S. I also thought that I had OCD because I have to do certain things before going to bed. After this project I realized I definitely do not have OCD. I just have specific bedtime routines.

Down Syndrome – Kish

I chose Down Syndrome because firstly, I know that Down Syndrome is one of the few genetic defects that cannot be cured. I also chose this because I have a cousin who is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Chloe Abella is currently five years old and she has difficulty in speaking directly and is behind in her physical growth. Chloe’s breastbone or sternum, is bent closer towards her heart making a deep area in the middle also making her heart more vulnerable as she grows and giving her a hard time breathing. However, to us she is very clever. I am very close to her and I think she feels the same about me. Chloe is a very sweet and loving little girl. Down Syndrome also expands my learning because this is very rare where just a genetic disorder can cause such effects in one human’s life, physically and emotionally. Down Syndrome affects young teens like us because it is one of the most common factors that cause learning disabilities of every age. Along with the speed of physical growth. It is important because while also causing disabilities it makes us more aware of other illnesses that are caused by simple things and how we must take care and be cautious of all our surroundings.

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when there is abnormal cell division resulting extra genetic material in the chromosome, specifically chromosome 21. A chromosome is a thread-like structure that carries genetic information in the form of genes. Down Syndrome cause low speed development, learning disabilities and in some people, health problems. If a baby is affected with Down Syndrome,it is no one’s fault. Your family cannot be prone to Down Syndrome. There is no cure for Down Syndrome but the life expectancy has increased sizably. Overall, I think that Down Syndrome is one sicknesses of which is very serious but through my own experience, people diagnosed with Down Syndrome have such big hearts and are incredibly sweet even if their lives are under health and physical dilemma’s. This has influenced my thinking about wellness because it summarizes all the things I have learnt so far in wellness. Health in the body and respect to others. Health in the body is connected to this because Down Syndrome causes health problems in a human’s life affecting it significantly. Respect is connected to Down Syndrome because for a growing patient’s life, there needs to be support and respect coming from his or her family to grow healthily, properly and knowing the he or she is loved. They must also be treated like a true, normal person rather than one with special needs.

This picture is a photo Chloe Abella and her older brother Elijah Abella. Chloe’s family provide her so much love, respect and support. They treat her like a normal child would be treated and our whole family can see how much she has grown through that. Chloe has Down Syndrome but just like any other Down Syndrome person, so much hope has brought her to live longer. There may not be an official cure to Down Syndrome but giving love and respect will help.

chloe and eli

Yewon – Positive and Negatives of Junk Food

First of all, I chose this topic because everybody loves food but there are specific foods we shouldn’t eat daily. That is called Junk Food. You may think junk food is pizza, burgers, fries, etc. But sweets count as junk food too. I personally chose this topic because I really love food. Not any type of food. Specifically junk food. I used to even eat fries for lunch daily. (But I don’t eat it anymore)


Here are some positive and negative effects on junk food. One of the main positive effects is that junk food taste amazing. I mean who doesn’t like fries? The negative effect is that the oil they used to cook the fries and burgers are the same oil they used to cook many other fries and burgers. Most meals at fast food restaurants contain too much fat. One example is a large milkshake. It contains 1,200 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat.


Teens like to eat junk food not only because they are too lazy to make food also because it tastes good. A lot of teens eat fast food almost every single day.


I learned to not eat junk food daily and also to eat more of homemade food because it is way healthier than mcdonald’s cheese burger. I used to think junk food only makes you fat but I learned that it affects your emotional, physical, mental, and social health.
To conclude this topic I would recommend to try to avoid going to mcdonald’s, and try making homemade burgers because it is much, much healthier.  cf294cc4-a03d-4290-9cd2-9403b709973b

Dengue – Dan


I chose this topic because many people in the philippines are infected with dengue, and if they are not treated they could die and 2 people in my family, including me had dengue.. My connections are that when we moved to the Philippines, a year and a half later my mom got dengue and had to be in the hospital for almost 2 weeks. This expands my learning because the connection I have with dengue make me expand my learning in the way that the fact that people in my family had had, the drive to learn more and know about it. This has also made me see diseases, fevers, e.t.c more seriously than before. This issue is relevant to me because as ive said before, in my family, we have had 2 dengue cases, which I really don’t want to be repeated. I got dengue in september of this year and I almost missed CWW because of it, but Im happy I did not. This is important because people don’t notice how dangerous this disease is and in most cases where the person with dengue was not treated, there was an extremely high risk of death. This not only affects teenagers but people of all ages in the way that anyone can get bitten by a mosquito that is carrying dengue, and you are at extremely high risk of getting dengue. Also, if teens do get high fevers, they should probably go for a blood test to see if they had dengue.

What I learnt about dengue is that once you start getting high fevers, going for a blood test is a smart idea because it shows if you have the disease or not. What the main things dengue ultimately does to you is rapidly decrease the platelets and white blood cells in your body. If these 2 go into a critical phase just a small cut could make you bleed to death. If your platelets are under 10000, you need to go get blood into your body. The beginning phase of dengue can cause sudden onset fever, headaches, mouth and nose bleeds, muscle and joint pains, vomiting, rashes and diarrhea. The critical phase of you have dengue can cause hypotension pleural effusion ascites and gastrointestinal bleeding and death. Dengue is pread my misquitos that carry the dengue virus in them. My thinking is that dengue is a disease people think is just like a fever, but it’s not. It’s a disease that is lethal and kills many lives each year. My thinking also is that this topic should be spread and that anyone who has this should not underrate what this disease is capable of. My thinking has changed in the way that as ive said before that this disease is not thought of as dangerous and people should be more weary of it. This has influenced my thinking of wellness because we learn about us, humans and in wellness class some advice the teachers give you and can give and knowledge could really help you.

Dengue is out there, and don’t underestimate the power of this disease.

Lykke – ADHD

I chose this topic because I wanted to learn more about the people with ADHD. Sometimes I notice that people who have ADHD act very differently so I wanted to learn about what causes ADHD. I have a few connections to ADHD, in my old school there were maybe 2 or 3 people that I knew that had ADHD. Another connection I have to ADHD is that I have ADD, it stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. It is basically the same thing just without being hyperactive. These things expand my learning by making me want to learn more about it, I have never really learned that much about ADHD other than the fact that they cannot pay attention and are hyperactive sometimes. This issue is relevant to me because I have ADD and I felt like I needed to learn more about the people with ADHD. I feel like doing this is important because you really can see when somebody has ADHD you just might not know that it is ADHD. Teenagers with ADHD would be under a lot more stress to get work finished because they have trouble paying attention, with all the homework it could be extremely stressful for people our age and up.

Some things I learned about this issue is that the brain of and ADHD subject is extremely different from the normal brain. I learned that Certain parts of the brain can be less active or smaller in children with ADHD than those without the disorder. Also, kids with ADHD act without thinking, they are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing on work. They can still understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, or focus on details. Of course, all kids (especially younger ones) act this way at times, especially when they’re anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and happen in different settings. They hurt a child’s ability to function socially, academically, and at home. My thinking about this topic is that just because you have ADHD or other disabilities it doesn’t mean that you have to be treated any differently, if you didn’t know what ADHD was then you would probably no even notice that the person had ADHD. I feel that some people treat ADHD subjects differently just because they know that they have ADHD. 

Unit 2 Review

We will be taking our end of the Unit Assessment this Friday.  I’ve placed some guide questions below to help you review.  Think back on all of our class discussions and activities about Respect, Social Thinking, Bullying, Conflict, and Conflict Management. Use your note taking sheets the worksheet on Unit Keywords below to help you review too! Good Luck!

Questions for Review:

1. What does respect mean to me? How does it relate to our ISM core value of integrity?

2. What are different ways to show respect?  How does body language play a role?

3.  What is Self-Respect? Why is it important? How will it help challenge bullying?

4.  Why is it important to know how to identify hurtful behaviors? 

5.  Why is social thinking so important?  Remember to explain expected and unexpected behaviors as well.

6. What is mediation and how is it used as a way to solve a conflict?

7. What is negotiation and how is it used to solve a situation?

8. What is compromise and how is it shown?

9. What is Collaboration and how is it shown?

10. How would you describe a true friend?

11.  How has social media affected social interactions in this day and age? What are the effects on one’s overall wellness?



Daniel, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

I choose ADHD because I thought I had it after I watched a video of the symptoms, such as reading and then forgetting how I got to that page and what is happening in the book. Most of the symptoms occur to me all the time throughout my life. As I’m pretty sure most of them do to others in ISM. ADHD expands my learning because I can know about other peoples lives and how it may not be as easy, and how to avoid anything possible. ADHD is important because it tells me to go easy on others and realise that life isn’t that controllable now that I think about it. I find this important because I have many symptoms of ADHD, but I don’t use it as an excuse. ADHD is probably really relatable for people in my class. ADHD affects teenagers because they are forced to be distracted and this may affect their learning and how well they do in school.

I learned about how you can get ADHD, which seems to be determined mostly by genetics. If a parent has ADHD the child will have higher than 50% to get ADHD. If a pregnant woman smokes or drinks, than it is most likely the kid will have ADHD at birth. There have been debates about if eating too much sugar and watching TV a lot causes ADHD, but it doesn’t cause this disorder. Neurotransmitters, don’t work the same in the children and adults with ADHD. There are different ways people with ADHD’s nerve pathways work. Children with ADHD have certain parts of the brain smaller and less used. When I think of ADHb D I also think about how I forget things, like in Social Studies I raised my hand to say something and I had to repeat it a bunch of times before I was called, but then as soon as I was called I forgot everything I was going to say. ADHD has influenced my thinking about Wellness, because now I know a whole lot more about disorders and there are bunch more. No matter who we are we are all human, even though we may have these disorders.

It doesn’t allow me to upload an image, so I’ll just say what it said. My image was a kid being teased because of having ADHD, and I want to say that there is no reason to make fun of anyone, because you’re not supposed judge anyone about their outside or brain. ADHD is something they were unluckily given, so nobody should treat unfairly because they are different.

Priyasha Self Esteem

My topic for health buzz is self esteem, and how very high or very low self esteem can affect you in many ways. I chose this topic because these type of issues are the most frequent during teenage years. Self esteem is basically your overall opinion about yourself.

I chose this issue because teenagers are probably the most vulnerable to the affects of self esteem. Another reason I chose this topic was because, lately I have started connecting with the term a lot more. Since I moved to 7th grade, my level of self esteem has sometimes dropped incredibly low, so I wanted to make people aware that that is not a good thing. Low self esteem can cause depression and make you doubt yourself or want to be someone else. I have had that feeling many times, where I chide at myself for not being good at something or not being smart. It is important to realise that you cannot be a 100% perfect at every single thing. This issue of self esteem is very common amongst teenagers. Some, who have really low self esteem, seem to underestimate themselves and don’t try as hard. On the other hand, teens with very high self esteem consider themselves more capable than others. It is likely that one of the reasons they have a high self esteem is because they see no flaws in themselves, therefore, they will not improve. What you should have, is good self esteem. You should accept failures well, be kind to your friends and try your best. However, having good self esteem is not always possible in a world that is full of commercials and advertisements. It is easy to be envied by commercials.

I learned many things about myself (not through research). . I learned that thousands of students drop out of school every year due to bullying problems that lowers their level of trust for themselves. I also learned was ways to boost your self esteem. You should practice things you are good at, be kind and helpful, do the correct thing, replace the perfectionism, handle judgement properly and more.


My thinking about self esteem has changed quite a bit. Last year in wellness when we learned about self esteem, I wasn’t able to relate to it as much as this year. My thoughts have completely changed, because now I know what can affect your opinion about yourself. This relates to wellness because it is important to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle, and a low self esteem can really get in the way.

To conclude, it is important to have a good level of self esteem. Handle failure well and always do your best. Of course there will be times where you will be judged or under estimated, but you know yourself the best 🙂

Thank you!


All these words represent what each one of us are :)

All these words represent what each one of us are 🙂

The Effects of Air Pollution – Kelly Ash

The topic for my Health Buzz is the effects of air pollution and how it impacts teenagers. 

I chose this topic because I thought it would be interesting to research and tell my classmates about air pollution, since we do live in a city where air pollution is a problem. I was born and have lived for quite a long time in a city where pollutants were highly regulated and air pollution was not a worry for me. I also did have asthma when I was younger, and so I must be careful around harmful substances.

Children, teenagers and other sensitive populations are almost always more vulnerable to problems like air pollution. Teens proportionally take in larger quantities of air compared to adults. They tend to play outdoors more, engaging in sporting activities that speed up their breathing even more. Their lungs are still developing which makes them sensitive to the air pollution around them.

Other planets have sunlight, but the Earth is the only planet we know that has oxygen. Without air, the Earth would be unable to sustain life. It is important to stay informed about dangers to our health and to learn what we may do to protect ourselves in a polluted environment.

I knew that air pollution could damage your lungs, but I never realized the extent of air pollution and its effects on teenagers and adults. I have learned in my research that air pollution has both acute and chronic effects on human health, affecting a number of different systems and organs. These range from minor upper respiratory irritation to chronic respiratory and heart disease, lung cancer, acute respiratory infections in children and chronic bronchitis in adults. Air pollution can aggravate pre-existing heart and lung disease and contribute to asthmatic attacks. In addition, short- and long-term exposures to pollutants have also been linked with premature mortality and reduced life expectancy. Knowing how badly air pollution affects human health I think cities should limit as much as possible the amount of fumes coming from vehicles as well as the burning of fossil fuels  near urban areas.

I chose this image because I think it accurately shows how there are so many different activities that cause air pollution.

Annabelle – Benefits of Drinking Water

I chose to do my health buzz on the benefits of drinking water, because a lot of teenagers struggle with drinking enough water, and they don’t know why water is so good for them. In fact, approximately 75% of Americans struggle with dehydration. This shows how much of a problem dehydration is. I hope this helps people understand the benefits of drinking water, and encourage them to do so. My connection to this is that sometime last year I was running, I didn’t have much water before the race. I was running, and started to feel dizzy, but mainly like I couldn’t get enough oxygen in. I had to stop, I was simply overheated, because water helps control your body’s internal temperature, and I didn’t have enough water. This expands my learning because I used to always be scared of drinking water, because I really didn’t want to get a stitch while running, but now I know that it is a good idea to make sure you are hydrated before the race. 


Throughout the time that I have been learning about the benefits of drinking water, I have gained a lot of knowledge. I now know the various benefits of drinking water, and also the effects of being dehydrated, which is when your body loses more water than you intake, your body will find it harder to carry out its normal functions.  Some benefits that drinking water has on your body are:

  • Drinking Water helps your body maintain the balance of fluids
  • Water can help make your skin look good
  • Can help with weight loss
  • Water can help energize your muscles
  • Water can help you maintain normal bowel function
  • It’s a vital nutrient for your cells
  • It helps regulate our internal body temperature
  • Lubricates joints
  • Forms saliva
  • Helps flush out waste from your urine

Some effects that happen when you’re dehydrated are:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to focus
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Constipation

Overall, the importance of water can not be over looked. Humans can’t survive 2-3 days without water, showing how vital the substance is for our bodies. Water a highly nutritious option, making it also key to drink as much water as possible instead of sugary drinks, these types of drinks are dense in unnecessary sugars. In the long run, it is more useful/helpful for your bodies to try to be frequently drinking water. Chances are that if you’re thirsty then your body is actually already dehydrated, because dehydration triggers your body’d thirst response. This learning as also effected my thinking about wellness, because it shows that being hydrated is a step on how to have and live a balanced, and healthy lifestyle.