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A middle school teacher may have as many as three students in a class of 30 who have mild to serious depression, with most of them likely to be girls.
Depression symptoms among this group of students are often ignored or regarded as normal behavior in coping with adolescent troubles. But depression affects 2 percent of school-age children, and the likelihood of developing depression increases once a child reaches puberty, which often begins in middle school.
Although adolescents may need counseling or therapy to properly treat their depression, teachers can still play an important part in aiding students. Here are some key strategies teachers can implement in the classroom in order to further assist students with depression.
Seek help from support personnel. Teachers can consult with their school psychologist or counselor to get suggestions on what to do for specific students. Each student is different and requires individual planning.
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