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Back To School Brings Excitement, Anticipation, And For Some Students And Their Parents... Anxiety

Dr. Dayna LePlatte

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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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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