National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Our Kids: What about your child's school?

It's time once again to consider the upcoming school year.

A constant concern for parents is what to tell teachers and school administrators about their child’s mental health history. Parents may be afraid that their child will be stigmatized because of the diagnosis, or that other students will become aware of the child’s emotional problems.

Some parents worry that teachers will misinterpret psychiatric symptoms as laziness or intentional defiance. These parents feel compelled to inform school officials about the diagnosis. If your child had diabetes, you would want the school staff to know so that symptoms of low blood sugar weren’t shrugged off as simple fatigue. The same would apply for your child’s bipolar diagnosis.