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Stress, anxiety and panic attacks are on the rise at many U.S. high schools, so some schools are trying unconventional methods to help students cope. (Jan. 31)


DURATION:-----------------------------------------2:11SHOTLIST:AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYMt. Prospect, Illinois - January 14, 20131. A student pets Junie, an 18-month-old golden retriever who works as a therapy dog, in a hallway at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill.2. Tight shot of Junie's legs and paws as a student passes by3. SOUNDBITE: Lynn Thornton, counselor at Prospect High School (transcript below)4. Junie jumps up and puts front paws on a students desk5. Student pets June and says, "You're so furry! So furry!"6. SOUNDBITE: Tayler Petersen, 18, graduating senior at Prospect High (transcript below)++NOTE SHOTS 7-8 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++7. Junie, the therapy dog, licks Tayler Petersen's face as they sit in the school hallway8. Tight shot of Junie's face++NOTE SHOTS 9 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++9. SOUNDBITE: Lexi Botts, 18, senior at Prospect High (transcript below)10. Shot of students petting the dog in the school hallwayAP - AP CLIENTS ONLYChanhassen, Minnesota - January 18, 201311. Exterior of Chanhassen High School12. Wide shot of students taking a morning break in the cafeteria13. Students play hackie sack during their 20-minute morning break++NOTE SHOT 14 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++14. Chanhassen students chat in hallway during their morning break15. SOUNDBITE: Megan Vandervest, junior, Chanhassen High (transcript below)16. Students sit at table and eat and chat17. Tight shot of student breaking off part of a pretzel18. SOUNDBITE: Timothy Dorway, principal at Chanhassen High (transcript below)AP - AP CLIENTS ONLYMt. Prospect, Illinois - January 14, 201319. SOUNDBITE: Lynn Thornton, counselor at Prospect High School (transcript below)++NOTE SHOTS 20-23 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++20. Prospect High sign21. Douglas Berg, a school social worker at Mount Prospect High, from behind, walking in hallway with Junie22. Berg, from front, walking in hallway with Junie23. Students pet Junie as she lays on floor24. Student services sign outside counseling office25. Junie lays in hallway by row of lockers26. Tight shot of Junie's face as she lays by lockersVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:THIS IS JUNIE … THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE COUNSELING TEAM AT A SUBURBAN CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL. HER JOB? TO HELP STRESSED-OUT STUDENTS … CHILL OUT.SOUNDBITE: Lynn Thornton, counselor at Prospect High School: "There are students who are on this end of the spectrum and stop down, 'Hey I just want to pet Junie and sort of get a Junie fix, and they smile and the mood is elevated -- all the way to, 'I'm in the throes of a panic attack and I need to sit with Junie while I talk to you."STRESS IS A GROWING PROBLEM AT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY … WHERE MANY STUDENTS ARE FEELING OVER-WORKED, OVERWHELMEDAND IN NEED OF A LITTLE UNDERSTANDINGEVEN FROM A FURRY FRIEND.SOUNDBITE: Tayler Petersen, graduating senior at Prospect High: "I'm not a school person, like I have anger problems and I have anxiety problems. But when I come in and see her, it's just _ I get calm."SOUNDBITE: Lexi Botts, 18, senior at Prospect High: "For me, it's college and having to apply and all the stress was just building up -- and it's also school and tests and finals, especially. There's just too much."SCHOOLS LIKE THIS ONE IN MINNESOTA … ARE TRYING OTHER WAYS TO REDUCE STRESSINCLUDING THE TEEN-AGE VERSION OF "RECESS" … A 20-MINUTE BREAK BETWEEN MORNING CLASSESSOUNDBITE: Megan Vandervest, junior, Chanhassen High: "What the 20-minute break provides is time to rest instead of going from one class where my brain is working to another where it has to work for just a long. It's really nice because I don't get much sleep."THAT'S BECAUSE SHE AND MANY OF THESE STUDENTS OFTEN HAVE FOUR HOURS OF HOMEWORK EACH NIGHT.SOMETIMES THE TYPE OF WORK THEIR PARENTS DID IN COLLEGE.SOUNDBITE: Timothy Dorway, principal at Chanhassen High: "I don't know any other profession in the world that works a full day, has all those other things placed up on them and then is told you have four hours of work on top of that when you get home."AND IT'S TAKING A TOLL, HE AND OTHERS SAY.Lynn Thornton, counselor at Prospect High School: "Even the amount of hospitalizations has increased dramatically -- anxiety and depression. I really don't see that changing until maybe colleges would really step up and say, 'Hey, you know what? You guys teach high school and we'll teach college."IN THE MEANTIME, JUNIE … IS ON THE CASE.SIGOUT - Martha Irvine/Associated Press