Teacher Back-to-School Depression Syndrome (TBSDS)

Teacher Back-t0-School Depression Syndrome is real.  Don’t laugh. . .


The Back-to-School transition is hard core.  To go from baking to book exchange and bus duty.  From cleaning up after one kid to cleaning up after 320 kids.  From outside to inside – from dinner to drive-thru (it’s true).  From play dates to play duty.  It’s sad, I’m telling you.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my mojo back.  I feel like a small shriveled balloon after a birthday party.  The first week, with kids, is especially killer.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but after that first week, I just have nothing left to say. . . I’m vitamin D deficient, dehydrated and I have cotton mouth.

There is just nothing you can do prepare yourself for it:  the early mornings, napless afternoons and dress clothes that squeeze your gut.  My belly hurts.

Teacher Back-to-School Depression Syndrome is; however, semi-curable.  Recommended treatment regimen includes Prayer, Xanax, Mountain Dew, kale and coffee.  Retail therapy is also highly recommended for the treatment of TBSDS, but funding can be difficult to obtain after long, dry, payless summer months full of vacations and day trips.  The TBSDS never really goes away, but with the proper treatment, it does develop into the less serious and threatening TDS, or Teacher Depression Syndrome.

So people, if you see your friendly neighborhood teacher or librarian out and about, and she looks haggard and pale, moves slow and has nothing to say, you can just shake your head and think, “That poor thing, she must have TBSDS.”  And buy her a drink.



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9 Responses to Teacher Back-to-School Depression Syndrome (TBSDS)

  1. Carol

    I’m sure it is a tough transition! After our second child was born, my hubby and I decided that I could be a stay-at-home mom. Sure, there were adjustments to make in living expenses, getting used to not too much adult interactions, etc., etc. But, I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to do that! Once you get into a routine, the creative juices begin to flow again, and, anyway for me, enjoy what all that means. Taking care of a home and children IS a full-time job, and when one can just focus on that, life is a lot less stressful.

    But, if one must work outside the home, by all means commit your way to the Lord and definitely lean on Him for strength and empowerment. Pray without ceasing! Oh, we all need that faith and trust in Jesus, because after all, we are all just travelling through, and ultimately our home will be in heaven if we have that relationship with God! The really big question in life is do you know your eternal destiny? Take care! 🙂

    • Profile photo of Julie

      All true, Carol. I believe in God and work on praying more and my faith is strong, but I still get bogged down sometimes! Sometimes I worry about the kids at school: their lives, their futures. It can be disheartening in some ways. I wish the church had more of an influence and presence in our communities. People don’t want to really get their hands dirty anymore, really helping folks who need it. Everybody seems to think that donating a buck or two is enough. Social workers and counselors (school and otherwise) have their work cut out for them in this day and age. Our school does a lot too, but it’s not enough. . .all of this and just adjusting to the new routine. It’s not easy, not complaining (LOL!!!) just saying!

      • Carol

        Yes, Julie, I do think the church has failed in some ways in not reaching out like it should, and for sure, it is no easy task for the teachers, social workers and counselors. Thank goodness for schools like G.C., where many go above and beyond to help the less fortunate.

        I see what you mean about being established in a career and the health insurance…this is probably a big reason for many moms to work outside the home! I’m glad to hear JT is flourishing, and having a trustworthy care giver is worth its weight in gold!

        Continue to pray and ask God for help! He wants us to lean on Him, and learn His ways. And, for certain, God will bless us as we reach out to those who are less fortunate that we are. Take care! 🙂

        • Profile photo of Julie

          Thanks for reading, posting and the moral and spiritual support! Our school and community have a great relationship, for sure! Again, thank you so much!

    • Profile photo of Julie

      And this is in addition to worrying about being a good parent and the future of my own little. You are very fortunate to have been able to stay home with your kids. I had Joss when I was 40, so I was already into a career for 18 years and I couldn’t give up our health insurance. I got to stay home with her for the first 5 months, though! We have the most awesome of babysitters and she has flourished! Thanks for posting and reading! And helping me to remember what is really important!

  2. Barbara Hammonds

    Having taught and been a school administrator for more than 15 years, I can SO relate to this Julie !

    • Profile photo of Julie

      Shwew. We are worn out after that first week! Thanks for posting and reading, Barb!!! 🙂

  3. Brenda

    It is real. You are touching a lot of lives in a way that no one else can. There are parents who are thankful for you. Hugs and blessings.

    • Profile photo of Julie

      Haha! Thanks for helping me to keep that in mind! My heart breaks for some of the kids in our school. Some of their living conditions are less than ideal. I always have that in mind. Thanks for reading and taking time to post, Brenda! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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