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

Aug 30, 2017

Dr. Dayna LePlatte is a Michigan Medicine psychiatrist and medical school instructor.
Credit 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