Health buzz – Fear of long words BY: Tim

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

 

I chose this issue because it was Ironic, Sad and i wanted to know how the people with this phobia would react to long words.  This affects me because I live in an international school and I move to different countries a lot. Moving to different countries means that I might then have a chance of meeting someone with this fear so I might be able to help them with this issue. I already knew before i started researching it was the fear of long words or else I didn’t really know anything about the topic.  This issue affects teenagers mostly because friendships are very important at that age. If people think the people who have this phobia are weird they probably don’t want to be friends with them.

I learnt about this issue because the word is sort of Ironic and it’s an interesting word. This expanded my learning of phobias. I found the symptoms really interesting because of what they would do and just words can be scary. Some problems with this issue could be in school as a teenager learning long words could make them start crying run away and have anxiety attacks. This influences my learning in wellness by learning that there is so many parts of wellness and  Phobias are one of them.

 

Atopic Dermatitis by Amarene

The issue is important because it is a common skin disease without a proper cure and affects many children. I picked the issue because I was curious about its full extent and also because I was diagnosed with it as a child. Prior to this research, I knew that it was characterised by inflamed, cracking, scaling and/or unnaturally thick skin. Atopic dermatitis heavily affects teenagers, especially since 85% of the affected are under 5 years of age and their teen selves usually still have memories of their experiences with the disease.

I learned that atopic dermatitis does not have an existing cure, which really surprised me due to it being so common. This expanded and connected to previous learning because both my parents and doctor have always been cautious about me having it. I believe that if doctors and scientists can make skin products like moisturiser and whitening cream, then they should be able to find a proper cure to atopic dermatitis as well. One misunderstanding about atopic dermatitis is that it’s the same thing as contact dermatitis (a similar disease, but requires physical contact with an irritating substance). Two major problems that come with this disease are that it worsens when the skin comes in contact with chlorine and that it tends to damage the skin of small children. For those who have atopic dermatitis, some important solutions are to stay away from touching water for over 20 minutes at a time, see a dermatologist, and to take whatever medicine their doctor may have recommended. In all honesty, I believe that this influenced my thinking in the sense that it made me more cautious about taking my medication, especially after seeing so many pictures of the effects of atopic dermatitis without medication on the internet.

Bulimia Nervosa-Sarah

I chose Bulimia Nervosa because I knew a friend who experienced this disorder and I also thought it would be an interesting topic to research about. This affects me because since it is most likely for girls to get it I wanted to make sure I was aware and I also have a sister so I can tell her about that too. I already knew that Bulimia nervosa was a life threatening eating disorder and you purposefully make yourself vomit out your food, I also knew that it was most likely for women to get it than men. This connects to previous learnings because during the nutrition unit we learned that you need a certain amount of a specific food group and when you have bulimia nervosa you cant get that because you either aren’t eating that food and burning up the calories you received from eating that or you are vomiting up that food. This issue is relevant to me because I am a girl so I have a higher chance of getting this eating disorder than others and also it is important because this is life threatening and since I am aware about this topic I can now aware other people about it and prevent people from continuing. This affects teenagers because some teenagers go through really bad insecurity about themselves since they are experiencing that they could then lead to this.

From this issue I learned that I should eat the right amount of foods all the time and that I shouldn’t stop myself from eating because that can lead to very bad causes. This expanded my learning because its given me more ways on how to keep my body healthy and also to keep my health in good shape. My opinion about this issue is they should aware people more about this because it has very bad effects in the end and its common for girls to get it. What surprised me about this issue is that there are actually lost of different symptoms and signs of how to tell when someone has bulimia nervosa. This can be applied to real life situations because when someone has these signs and symptoms and I can then tell what they are going through and also warn them and aware them about what can happen to them and also help them to stop. Some problems about this issue are that its very easy to get because most girls suffer with insecurity and that can easily cause them to become bulimic. This influences my thinking about wellness because I now know that I have to get my right amount of food everyday and I have to balance the amount of workout I have and the amount of food that I eat. 

Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) – Josh

I chose this issue because I was intrigued by the fact that there is such thing called :Exploding Head Syndrome and wanted to learn more about it. To be honest, this does not affect me nor my family because we do not do things that would increase chances of EHS into our lives. Honestly, I did not know anything about this topic before hand. It was a new topic that I was intrigued about and wanted to learn more. Besides, at least I knew it had something to do with your head. This issue is important because I wanted to warn everyone that this is a benign syndrome and cannot hurt you, therefore there is no reason to freak out if you have it. This affects teenagers because it’s usually at this age where we want to go to sleep very late and wake up very late, usually having a very messed up schedule. This is was promotes EHS and therefore making us vulnerable to experiencing it.

I learned that there are things that could be very scary in life, but can also be harmless, so there is nothing to worry about. I also learned there is something called Exploding Head Syndrome which I thought was very interesting. This expanded my thinking because it helped me learn that there are certain types of suffering that doesn’t require physical pain, and got me thinking of others ways that could make one suffer without physical pain. (Not that I would torture anybody, just saying I was wondering) MY opinion on this issue is that honestly, I think it’s not that bad and that it does not require immediate help if diagnosed with it. Especially knowing the fact that its harmless, just very annoying. What was very surprising about this issue was the fact that it did not need to seek immediate help and was completely harmless. Some misunderstandings about this issue was that at first I thought there was no known cause, but then realized the website was slightly out of date and that there were actually a couple of known causes. Some solutions for this issue is that people could start to lower their stress levels and start going to sleep at a regular and constant time, meaning going to sleep everyday at the same time, so that your brain does not get confused during sleep. This influenced my thinking of wellness because I thought wellness was only about being healthy and maintaining your body in a good shape, but now I know there is psychological things involved.

Suicide: Why people do it, how to help, and warning signs- Fiona Foley

I chose this issue because I wanted to understand why people choose to commit suicide.  Another reason that I wanted to do do this was because of the book, 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. The book is about a teenage girl who commits suicide and sends tapes out to the 13 people who had an influence o her decisions.  This issue affects teenagers because all teens go through stages where they feel uncertain and scared and uncomfortable about themselves and the life that they are living and one thought that probably goes through their brain is about suicide and maybe death.  I learned that people kill themselves to get away from the problem, they have made a big mistake, they are depressed, or they just want to die.

I learned that there are many reasons that people commit suicide, social concerns and mental health concerns. I also learned that you can stop a person from killing themselves by simply listening to them and showing that you care.  This topic is relevant to wellness because one cause of suicide is depression and depression is an indication of mental health problems.

This is a semi colin, it is a symbol of surviving or stopping suicidal thoughts or attempts.   The semi colin is used because the author could have ended the sentence but she continued it. The person who survived or chose to stop the attempts and thoughts could have stopped their life forever but instead they chose to continue it.

Shingles by Ian Curry

The issue is Shingles/Herpes Zoster.

This issue is important because it affects most people who have had chickenpox and can be spread through direct contact with the blister, and affects .

I picked this issue because it is a contagious rash that causes itches, deep pain, blisters. Shingles/Herpes Zoster is common in older people and those with weaker immune systems due to stress, medication, etc. I also chose this because it affects the members of my family and I would like to know more about it so I can help them in the future.

 

This issue affects teenagers because teenagers who have had chickenpox are at risk for developing shingles in the future and it is beneficial for them to know how to deal with it.

I learned that there is a diagnosis for Shingles if it is taken before the virus fully develops. I also learned that it is able to affect a person more than once, although uncommon.

Some interesting facts about this issue are:

  1. If a Shingles rash develops near the eye, it may lead to future vision loss.
  2.  Damaged nerve fibers in the skin due to Shingles, send confused messages to the brain causing chronic pains that can last for a long time after the rash has gone.
  3.  Shingles developing on the face can lead to facial paralysis, hearing problems, and balance problems due to how Shingles affects the nerves connecting to the brain.

I believe that this is an important health problem to take note of because it may affect close relatives and we should know how to treat them and get them correct treatment to aid them.

This affects me because many of the members of my family could develop the virus and I need to know how to care for them, just as others would for their family members.

Solutions to this problem include, pain-killers, diagnosis before developing the rash, and anti-viral medications.

Problems: Extremely painful, affects nerve signals, may lead to sight, hearing, and balance problems.

 

In conclusion, this issue is important for you to know about because it will allow you to help yourself, others, and relatives if they develop the virus.  To help solve this problem, you can help those close to you with the virus get the diagnosis before the virus fully develops. This issue is important to me because the my parents and grandparents will possibly develop the virus in the future, and I want to know how to help them when the time comes.

Social Media by Haruka Karaki

I chose this topic because right now many people are getting addicted to it and it is affecting many people. Social media also affects me because when I starts to watch anime or youtube or look at Instagram I can’t stop playing around with it. Sometimes I ended up staying up late and did nothing. So I limited myself. I said that I’m only going to watch 1 episode each day. Or don’t even watch it. I knew that social media is addicting but I still play around with it because it’s fun.

I learned ways to stop you from playing around with social media. You can turn off the notifications, make new hobbies, meet people in real life, remove cellphone apps that you usually play around with, limit yourself and spend more time with your family and your friends.

Morgan – Introverts and Extroverts

I chose this issue because I’m personally affected by the general population’s misconceptions on introverts and extroverts. Having extremely introverted habits and behaviors has caused bullying in my life, and enhanced my introverted side. Before I studied this project, I already knew how having introverted or extroverted personalities can affect one’s life. It can determine the type of job you’ll have, who you’ll spend your free time with, your significant other, and the way you think about things or solve problems. Growing up with an introverted personality, I’ve had experience with people not understanding the way I think because it’s entirely cerebral. This has caused me to not only hope to not work with others, but to also look down on others when I’m forced to work with them. This issue affects teenagers because it can vary how well you do in class, who you’re friends with, how deep of conversations you’re capable of, and how you approach people you don’t know. Teenagers can be extremely affected by society when it comes to being an introvert or extrovert. When you’re teenager, you’re very susceptible to the opinions of others, and many people openly judge one another. These opinions of others can lead to bullying, depression, and can even cause an increase in introverted behaviors.

Through this issue, I’ve learned that it’s not just the personalities between introverts and extroverts that make them different from each other, but it’s also that introverted brains react differently to dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that provides motivation to achieve external rewards. There is no difference between the amount of dopamine in the separate brains, it’s just the difference between the activity. There is more activity in the brain of an extrovert than in the brain of an introvert. My opinion on this topic will always stay the same, however in can be enhanced. I’ve always believed that these labels do not lessen a person, it’s just that humans need to label it so that they can better understand it. The only thing that was surprising to me about this topic was the fact that the brains between introverts and extroverts work differently when it involves dopamine. There are some huge misconceptions about introverts and extroverts that pushed me to study this topic for my Health Buzz. One of the main ones is that introverts are always depressed or sad and don’t have any friends. This isn’t true at all. Introverts just see a different way to spend free time than extroverts, and don’t like having a large group of friends. I, for instance, would rather be at home with a good book and tea than going to a concert with my friends. Plus, just because someone’s sad or depressed doesn’t mean they’re an introvert, it just means that they have problems in their lives that are making them sad. Another misunderstanding on the topic is that everyone belongs either to one or the other. This is not true at all. Just because I’m shy at first glance doesn’t mean that when I know you well enough I won’t be bouncing off the walls. I do have an abundance of introverted attributes, but I also have extroverted attributes as well. Everyone does. No one just belongs to one category. One solution to these misconceptions is that humans can be more open minded about the subject. If someone has introverted or extroverted attributes, that doesn’t define them as a person.

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(This is a photo of the skills of introverts and extroverts.)

Cheshna – Malaria

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The topic I chose was malaria. I chose this topic because I wanted to find out how dangerous malaria actually is and what types of mosquitoes transmit the disease. It doesn’t really affect me but it bugs me that so many people die from this disease every year and I barely see anyone take any precautions. This might affect teenagers because malaria kills mostly children every year and teenagers are still kind of children.

I learned that malaria can be transmitted by the bite of a female anopheles mosquito and that the symptoms can be very mild or very severe and it can take from 9 – 40 days for the symptoms to show. Malaria kills an estimated 660,000 people per year and I think the reason that so many people die from malaria is because they don’t take enough precautions. For example, when you go out for a walk in the park or outside you should be wearing mosquito repellent or a mosquito band or even a mosquito sticker. A female anopheles can bite anyone, it doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult, it will bite anyone and the person will get symptoms such as moderate to severe shaking chills, high fever, sweating, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. I knew that this disease was a dangerous disease but I never actually knew how many people it killed per year and what the symptoms really were but now my thinking has changed because I have learnt that malaria is deadlier than I thought.

This picture shows an anopheles mosquito (the mosquito that spreads malaria)