The start of the school year can be exciting for students, their parents, and educators, but it also brings a lot of uncertainty and change.
89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Dayna LePlatte, a Michigan Medicine psychiatrist and medical school instructor, for some tips on dealing with the "back to school blues."
Dr. LePlatte says back-to-school time brings a lot of mixed feelings and even a sense of loss, which can look different for each person.
"Whenever there’s something new or a change, there’s this risk of having some negative feelings, some anxiety, sadness. I think that’s fair to expect sometimes," says Dr. LePlatte.
Dr. LePlatte says to look for changes in your child's mood or sleeping or eating habits as a sign they may need help from a mental health professional.
She says if they express a desire to hurt themselves or others to seek professional mental health services.
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