Social Anxiety – Aina Ferrer Bhargava

I chose this issue because this is the most common anxiety in the whole world for preteens and for teenagers. This affects both you and your family because social anxiety can pass down your family tree because you can see if your parents have social anxiety OR your surroundings can affect you. Since everyone has social anxiety at some points, I know that sometimes when you get social anxiety, you start to shake, sweat, or even cry. My connections are very similar because whenever I’m nervous of something I tend to start to have fear of my surroundings or when I’m in the middle of attention, I tend to freak out. This issue is important because every teenager in the world can get social anxiety in a click, if they aren’t aware of this issue then it could really affect them in many ways.

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When I started to research about social anxiety, I found out that this social anxiety disorder is actually the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. The reason why it’s the largest mental health care today is because teenagers often want to fit in or they either want to make sure they always look good and say the right things, they always feel like everyone’s eyes are on them. You can’t avoid it. It expanded my learning a lot because now that I’m aware of it, I can prevent it from getting serious. What I thought about this issue before I started researching is that everyone had it and as you start getting more insecure it would dig deeper. Something interesting I learned is that for children below 12 years old, symptoms of social anxiety may represent clinging behaviors, tantrums, and even selective mutism (SM). My perspective changed by a lot because now I understand people who have the social anxiety disorder and I understand that they can’t perform well in social situations. Some misunderstandings in this topic is that some people believe that if they are nervous in a social situation, they automatically think that they have the social anxiety disorder, but it’s not always because of that. Usually it’s just our fears kicking in. The problem of this issue is that you cannot get rid of it, but, you can treat it by visiting a direct cognitive-behavioral therapist, since it’s a long-term disorder. This influences my thinking of wellness because it connects to how people think and how people observe things in social situations.

 

Cervical Cancer – Yun A

I chose this issue because I became interested when one of my friends told me about this disease, complaining that the vaccine hurt so much. I was surprised that there was a vaccine for cancer, and was curious about it. As I researched, this affected me a lot. I became more aware of the possibilities of my future and was surprised to find out that my age was the right age to get a vaccine. It connects to my previous learning about smoking(it was one of the acts that could highly risk getting cervical cancer), and the reproduction unit, learning more about the uterus. This issue is relevant to me because all females contain the danger of getting cervical cancer, and thus should always be aware of their health status. This is important because a lot of people still aren’t well aware of the cause and effects of cervical cancer and didn’t get a vaccine when it was most effective for you. This affects teenagers because by learning about what causes cervical cancer and the danger of it, teenagers can be more aware of the things they do and think once more. Also, though there isn’t a high chance of teenagers getting this cancer(sometimes it takes a very long time to actually show symptoms), if it does, then it will critically affect the teenager’s wellness in all 4 parts.

The basic form of the uterus, the location of the cervix and where the cancer usually is placed

I learned that cervical cancer has a cause clearly proved, different from other cancers, and have a vaccine that can prevent. Also, I was unaware that so many people were unaware of the disease and didn’t do anything much sooner that could’ve changed their lives. It expanded my learning by teaching me some actions I should consider more carefully before doing it, such as smoking and avoid exposure to HPV. My opinion about this issue is that although it has a clear cause and a marvelous vaccine that will mostly decrease the risk of getting this cancer, people need to be more alert, informed, and aware of cervical cancer. Only 40% of American woman knew what HPV Infection was, and just about half of them knew that it was the cause of cervical cancer. I think that there should be something to change this ignorance. It was surprising at how much death it caused(4th most death for female patients), and also unexpected. Throughout the research, my thinking changed; people should be more specifically informed of this cervical cancer, and not just vaguely think that it’s quite dangerous. Maybe we could add a lesson for specific diseases in wellness class. One misunderstanding about this topic is that the vaccine may heal everything caused by HPV, but it is not true. It only prevents ‘some’ strains caused by HPV. A problem is that in some low-income or developing countries, the number one cause of people dying is because of cervical cancer. The solution to this is to make the vaccine a requirement so everyone could prevent this from happening. This influenced my thinking about wellness because now I know how cervical cancer is caused, and how it harms a person mentally(mental fog), emotionally(depression), physically(cervix damaged/blood and pain), and socially(social relationships with people will be restricted when you get cancer)

Sleep Deprivation – Alyssa

I chose this issue because it is important for young adults to be aware of how important sleep is to your body and how this issue can affect all aspects of wellness, from your social skills to your mental health. It affects you because it can cause problems at school, your behavior and your relationships with friends and family. I can connect to this issue because whenever I don’t get more than 5 hours of sleep a night, I’ll start losing my focus in class and miss out on what the teacher is teaching. I also tend to be moodier and have less patience when I’m around people, which also causes stress and makes me unproductive throughout the day. This matter affects teenagers because it impairs their attention, alertness, problem solving skills and reasoning overtime. It also causes you to forget whatever you learned or experienced that day. The lack of sleep also makes you forgetful. Brain events called sharp wave ripples make our memory stronger, and occurs mostly during the deepest levels of sleep. Without sleep, there would be limited time for the wave ripples to improve our memory.

Sleep deprivation also affects teenagers because it changes their appearance. The lack of sleep gives people sallow (unhealthy yellow, pale brown) skin, puffy eyes and dark circles under eyes. The lack of sleep also releases too much of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’, which breaks down the collagen in your skin and makes it wrinkly. Collagen is an important protein in your body that holds it together. The absence of rest also causes your body to release too little growth hormones, which usually get released during sleep- which causes delays in growth, the increase of muscle mass, and the strengthening of bones.

I learnt that sleep deprivation has very serious consequences and it is important to know about this topic so we can avoid various diseases and problems in education and relationships with others. Some solutions we can use to increase the amount of sleep we get is doing schoolwork as soon as you get back home- that way, you won’t procrastinate and start your mound of homework instead of sleeping. Taking advantage of the extra sleeping time on the weekends is also a good way to increase the amount of sleep you get, and staying away from electronics and caffeine could also help you sleep better. Starting an improved sleep schedule will help you get used to sleeping more every day.

This influences my thinking in wellness because now I know that even though the lack of sleep may look like it only affects your appearance, it affects you mentally and physically too.

This image shows the effect of sleep deprivation on the face. As seen on the picture on the right, the girl looks slightly happier when she has a sufficient amount of sleep every night than when she has less than 3 hours of sleep every night, and also looks more awake with a brighter face.

Protein – Olivia

I chose this issue because I find this topic very interesting and more people need to know how important protein is to our health. Protein is important for everyone in order to have a body that is healthy and strong, without it, that is nearly impossible. Before researching in depth about this topic, I knew that it was it is crucial for our body and different sources of protein. During the first unit of wellness, I learned more about protein and where to find it. This is important to all teenagers because without it, the unfortunate consequences vary.

From researching about this issue, I found out the different amounts of protein each person needs. I had a rough idea on how much I needed, but I expanded my learning about how different people need different amounts of protein based on different ages, gender, activity levels. I believe that without protein, you can not be healthy, and think it’s important for everyone to know that. Some new information that I found surprising was that even rice and corn has protein a few grams of protein. A lot of people think that you can never have enough protein, but that’s incorrect. Having too much protein can be dangerous to people with kidney disease. A common misunderstanding about this topic, is that you can only get protein from meat. That is totally false. Nuts, tofu, beans and many other animal free products can give you the right amount of protein that your body needs. In conclusion, I think people need to know how much protein they for themselves, and how much they are currently getting. It’s important to know how much they are getting in order to stay healthy.

Monophobia – Mina

Monophobia is a type of mental syndrome that makes people be afraid of being by themselves. I chose this issue because I thought monophobia is an interesting disease that I want to learn more about. As I mentioned, monophobia makes people feel scared when they are alone. And one thing that is scary about monophobia is that people who have monophobia don’t even notice that they have it. That point is defined that we all would have monophobia, just didn’t know if we do. I already knew that Monophobia makes people be afraid of being alone, but I didn’t know that people who have monophobia don’t know if they have it or not. Monophobia can make people die because of the extreme scare so it might be dangerous if we have it. Monophobia usually happens to teenagers. I am one of the teenagers which means monophobia can affect to me as well.

I still think that monophobia is dangerous because it happens between teenagers (which includes me), and it was really surprising when I first realized that. Before I do the research I misunderstood monophobia as a depression but now I know that it’s not a type of depression. Fortunately, monophobia is treatable. So the only important thing that is left is to find it as soon as possible. Here is a site which has some questions that will help you to see if you have monophobia or not. (http://www.changethatsrightnow.com/being-alone-phobia/online-test/) This issue made me re-think why wellness is important.


G.M.O. vs. Organic Food By: Andi

I chose to present about this topic because millions of people around the world are unaware of what is really in their food. People are suffering from random occurring diseases and don’t know the cause and normally they wouldn’t see their food as the cause because they have been eating the same thing for a while. Some people still don’t even know that they could be eating chemicals in their food, some just don’t care and carry on eating, but now the public is more aware than ever and changing their diets to purely organic food. This issue impacts teenagers too because everybody eats.

Upon researching about this topic I learned that both G.M. food and Organic food have their pros and their cons. Though knowing all the ups and downs it is in fact better to eat Organic food rather than G.M. food. However, it is only better if you eat healthy Organic food and not fatty Organic food.

Health Buzz – Chandler – Teen Suicide

I chose this because I was curious on what are the ways and causes. I have connected to this because my old friend tried to kill himself. This issue is relevant to me because I know a lot of people that are suicidal. It affects teenagers because up to 50,000 teens make a suicidal attempt every day and a lot of them succeed.

 

What I learned about this is there are a lot more ways of suicide than I thought and a lot of causes. My thinking has changed because now I think it can be caused by anyone.

Sugar – Saki Yuhaku

The issue of sugar is important because so many people eat much more sugar than the recommended amount per day. It is important because if you eat too much of it, it can cause lots of illnesses, like heart attack, and diabetes type two. It affects teenagers by making them obese, angry, and aggressive. We can become more healthy by avoiding these foods:

  • Soft drinks
  • Candies and Sweets
  • Baked goods
  • Canned fruits
  • Dried fruits

 

Mohammed Yousuf Blood

I chose this topic as many people have blood in them but don’t really know what blood does and what it is used for. It also can cause problems if not treated properly and I wanted to know more about it.

I learned how you get a blood transfusion and what blood types can give blood to other blood tyoes. I also learned about how different blood cells have an important role in the overall health of your blood and your body.

Movie Ratings – Stone Wu

I chose to talk about movie ratings because I am a kid who likes to experience different types of movies. But not all movies are appropriate for people of my age. I’m sure there are other kids in the grade who are the same as me. So that’s why I decided to talk about the different contents that are featured in each movie rating. This could also help us learn what types of contents are appropriate for people in a certain age. It could give some more background on what we are going to talk about in Unit 3 and Unit 4. I wanted to find what types of contents that are not inappropriate for kids my age are. I wanted to know why can’t we watch something that contains those contents. It is important because maybe in the future, a friend tells me to watch a movie or something with him, I’ll know if I should say yes or no to him because I know what types of content are not suitable for people my age. It could affect us teenagers because we now often like to go out for movies. They should their movie ratings to make the right choice on what types of movies suit them the most.

 

I learned that some movies could be very disturbing for people who not old enough to it. Like if a 5 or 6 year old watches Toy Story, it will be very entertaining and fun for them. But if you let him watch some adult horror movie, they may get really scared and might think that the monsters in the movie are in real life. It probably also have jump scares, so it is a possibility that the kid could get a heart attack. I think everyone should be very serious about what types of movie and what rating the movie is when they want to watch one because people could actually suffer from them. I used to think that movie rating isn’t that much of a big deal, I thought that they didn’t really matter. But now I know that watch the movie trailer and read thought the rating reviews before going to the theater because it could end up very bad if you don’t take it seriously. I learned that movies could affect people’s thinking, so it could affect people’s mental health. It could make people to believe in things. And overrated movie for you are to make you believe in things that you are not supposed to believe in at your age.

This chart shows the movie rating your should follow before you step into the cinema. You are responsible for yourself, you should first let your parents know and let them see the trailer and the rating, then if the movie is rated PG or G, you could watch by yourself in any age, if the movie is rated in PG-13, R or NC-17, your parent should come with you to the theater.