Josie Katz, MSW, LCADC, SIFI, CSW, SAC
Middle School Social Worker
Red Bank Borough Public Schools
Office: 732-758-1500 x5165
What is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder? It is a type of depression common during the fall and winter months.
Here are some of the common symptoms of SAD:
What should you do about it?
If the symptoms do not improve, seek professional support. When treatment is sought, the recovery rate increases!
Please visit the site below for additional information:
As we start a new marking period, please take the opportunity to start again. Forget about what or how you did the last marking period and focus on how and what you want to do this marking period. Follow these simple five steps:
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
How can we understand our child’s worry?
Our brain is wired to react in a specific manner if one is worried or in danger. This means that our emotional part of the brain takes over and the logical part of the brain is placed on hold.
So what does this mean?
One can sometimes worry without being in immediate danger and the emotional brain takes over releasing an energy boost, uncomfortable feelings and where there are no place for those chemicals to go, one can experience physical ailments such as sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, trembling, tummy ache and it makes it hard to think clearly.
Help your child practice coping skills …
Please review the Understand Your Child's Worry.
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day
Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.
The Truth About Drugs
Why do people use drugs?
People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:
· To fit in.
· To escape or relax
· To relieve boredom
· To seem grown up
· To rebel
· To experiment
The reality is that drugs are not the solution. And if you take drugs, the drugs become the problem. As difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place!
Drugs are essentially poison. They directly affect the mind. Drugs destroy creativity. Drugs cause an emotional plunge.
Pledge to lead the way by:
· Living a drug-free life
· Showing your friends that a drug-free life is more fun.
· Learning more about how drugs really harm people.
· Telling people the truth about the harmful effects of drugs.
· Helping family and friends to be drug-free.
· Working with others to help spread the truth about drugs so together we create a drug-free Red Bank Middle School.