Psychiatry Professor Weighs in on Stresses of Teaching

Psychiatry Professor Weighs in on Stresses of Teaching

By Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - What happens in the classroom is constantly evolving, often becoming more complex. A lot of time, school teachers feel like they're given too many rules, less freedom, and even fewer resources.

"So the teachers are always very tense. I think more and more people are leaving this profession and going into other professions simply because it's becoming too stressful and too narrow and [they're] losing the spirit of teaching as we used to know it beforehand," Dr. Bobby Jain, the Regional Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech Physicians, said.

Once the stress gets out of hand, Dr. Jain says that's when it can start affecting their personal life. They could feel physical signs of anxiety and depressions--such as lack of motivation and trouble with sleeping--or worse, becoming flustered very easily.

"That may be the earliest signs that something is going wrong because what used to be fun now becomes a chore or work. It used to be a career, now it becomes a job," Dr. Jain said.

Dr. Jain also says some of the worst cases of high stress comes from special needs teachers, but says that all teachers are walking a fine line on what will be tolerated.

"A teacher scolding or pointing out a child one or two times is something different compared to something that happens on a consistent basis on every sphere of life--that's a difference," Dr. Jain said.

Dr. Jain says it's best to talk to the teacher directly if you think there may be a problem in a classroom, and to also talk with other parents to see if they have also had issues.