The Impact of Mental Health Issues on Educational Outcomes

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the various ways in which mental health issues can affect a person's education outcomes. This includes the interactions between mental disorders and things like concentration, stamina, and pressure.

Mental Illness and Education

A mental health disorder, one that affects a person's psychological well-being, is hard enough to deal with for many people on a daily basis outside of school. However, having a mental disorder and being in school at the same time can place added challenges upon a student.

We all can think of times when we've felt tired or anxious, or had difficulty concentrating. However, for some people with certain mental health disorders, this can be a daily and sometimes overwhelming experience.

Let's go over the impact mental health issues have on education outcomes.

Concentration & Stamina

Imagine a student sitting next to a window during class. Just about every student would look out the window every now and then and stop paying attention to class. However, for some students with mental disorders any extraneous sight, smell, or sound can seriously distract them, making it difficult to pay attention to a lecture. This means they may miss important material that can negatively affect their ability to do well on a test.

For other individuals with mental health disorders, there doesn't need to be any distracting sight, smell, or sound to break their concentration. They may have an inability to properly concentrate, period. This means they have a short attention span. That also means that taking long tests becomes increasingly difficult for such students, causing them to become distracted. This can also cause their grades to suffer.

Students who have difficulty finishing a long test need not have a problem concentrating, however. Some people with mental health disorders simply feel like they have no energy to finish long assignment or tests, or the medication they take may actually cause them to be drowsy. This can negatively impact their ability to memorize information, follow directions, or finish a quiz or test. Again, without accommodation, such scenarios can cause grades to plummet.

Social Interactions & Pressure

Various mental health disorders make it difficult for certain students to interact with peers or teachers. This means they miss out on potentially valuable study resources, like getting missed notes from another student, studying in a group, asking a teacher an important question, or simply making friends to improve their mental well-being. Not having a friend or friends to back you up or help you study can certainly decrease the chances that you will succeed in a class in some instances.

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