HIS Syndrome7:30 AM
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Homeschool Isolation Syndrome (HIS) is uncommon in mainstream America due to widespread public schooling. It affects only the growing population of homeschoolers, mainly those in small communities, small homeschool groups and small churches, though any homeschooler is vulnerable. Scientists classify HIS as the disease that breaks down homeschoolers' wills and leaves them stressed and discouraged.
No consensus has been reached on the cause of HIS; generally it's believed that individual stimuli, personal to the victim, produce various degrees of and responses to the syndrome. A typical HIS victim demonstrates the following symptoms: feeling left out, as if they're missing something; feeling trapped in isolation; and principally feeling racked with doubt.
Severe cases result in permanent scars of bitterness, which affect teaching ability and joy in homeschool mothers and can cause clandestine rebellion in students, and/or total abandonment of homeschooling. In less severe cases, sufferers may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, lack of vision, disappointment, loneliness, doubt and harebrained opinions formerly unknown to that person. It's been noted that females are particularly prone to HIS; and while homeschool mothers are the largest, most visible demographic affected by this disease, students too can carry HIS to devastating results. With women, periods of uncontainable lachrymal fluid and signs of frayed nerves have been observed.
It's important to note that while HIS is curable, it must, by nature of the severity of the syndrome, be treated by extreme ways. Most popular are heart transplants, boosts of vision and renewing minds. Again, since HIS requires radical treatment, prevention is the best medicine. According to research, taking a day at a time, looking at the big picture and focusing on accomplishments and positives are keys to preventing massive HIS.
Medical researchers say that if someone is experiencing symptoms of HIS, she should get help immediately. Despair, confusion and the repeated "Nobody understands" are signs that help has been delayed too long. A steady diet of God's word and a dose of joy goes a long way to curing and preventing HIS. And researchers say the biggest breakthrough for HIS sufferers is to recognize that they are not alone and that in the end, it will be all worth it.