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||grades 4 to 6
||Flesch-Kincaid grade level:
||psychological, upbeat, commonly, anxiety, apprehensive, cases, depression, cope, separation, especially, decision-making, actually, counselor, fourth, unfamiliar, sadness
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Amy was in the fourth grade. It was almost time for summer vacation. While Amy was very excited to have a break from school, she was getting apprehensive about her summer plans. This was the first summer that Amy would be attending sleep-away camp. She would be going to a camp where she would stay away from home for several days. That's why it's called sleep-away camp.
2 Sleep-away camp can be a fun, exciting time away from home. It can be filled with adventure! It can be a time to create terrific memories. Visiting an out-of-town relative or going away to college can be an adventure, too. For some, though, feelings of nervousness can build up to the point that the person wants to return home. This is known as homesickness.
3 How can homesickness be called an illness? It's a kind of anxiety felt by people when they are away from home but really need to be somewhere familiar. It produces symptoms. They can be psychological ones, like sadness and depression. They can be physical ones, such as stomachaches, headaches, or tense muscles. Sometimes, they can be both. The usual symptoms include sadness and depression. The person may cry, withdraw from others, may not wish to do activities, or may have trouble sleeping. In turn, the person may act out. He or she may appear angry and frustrated. Sometimes the person is so anxious that physical symptoms appear, and the person feels unwell.
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