Mental Illness at School

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Mental Illness at School

For children and adolescents living with a mental illness, school can be a nightmare. Learn how to improve school experience for kids with mental illness. What is school like for children and adolescents living with mental health challenges? For youth who live with mental illness such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, eating disorders or more, school can be a nightmare. For the parents and caregivers of these kids, the school experience can also be dreadful (My Mentally Ill Child and School Refusal).

Mental illness can be frightening in and of itself; throw in a whole new system of classmates, teachers, learning, rules, and routine to navigate, and fear and frustration can skyrocket. This can exacerbate the existing symptoms of mental illness as well as lead to other challenges involving thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Improving the School Experience for Kids with Mental Illness

An important ingredient for a successful school year is understanding. When parents and kids work together to understand their specific mental health challenges, not only does the child better understand what he's dealing with, but he feels heard. Learning together, as a team, how to cope with mental illness and school helps give kids the love and connection they need to develop proper tools to handle school (Mental Health in the Classroom). Further, communicating with the school can increase the team effect. Mental illness can make school difficult, but it doesn't have to make it impossible.

Related Articles Dealing with Mental Illness at School

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How do you deal with mental health challenges in school, either for yourself or your child? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. What Is Adult ADHD? Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
  2. How Sleep Impacts Your Self-Esteem
  3. Examples of Verbal Abuse Early In A Relationship

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Brains Of Abused Teenagers Show 'Encouraging' Ability To Regulate Emotions
  • People With Autistic Traits May Be More Creative, Study Suggests
  • Psoriasis Linked To Greater Risk Of Depression
  • Access To Nature Tied To Better Sleep Quality In Men And Seniors
  • Sexual-Minority Men More Empathic Towards Fellow Minorities
  • Beta Blockers May Have Anticancer Properties
  • Depression, Bipolar May Raise Heart Disease Risk In Teens

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2015, August 25). Mental Illness at School, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: August 26, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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