The transition from high school to college is stressful for all young adults. For those with mental illness, the path is more perilous, and seeking support and the accommodations is especially important.
This is a transcript of a live chat held with Mary Fristad, Ph.D. on September 16, 2009. Dr. Fristad is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 1986. Dr. Fristad is the Director of Research and Psychological Services in the OSU Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Fristad’s area of specialty is childhood mood disorders. She is has published over 100 articles and book chapters addressing the assessment and treatment of childhood-onset depression, suicidality and bipolar disorder (manic-depression).
by Susan Resko, The Balanced Mind Parent Network Executive Director
It’s back to school time. This is a time of year that brings joy, anticipation, and excitement to many families. But for a The Balanced Mind Parent Network family, back to school can be a stressful, angst-ridden time of year. “Will my child survive the day without a meltdown? How many phone calls from school will I receive today?” These thoughts can cloud what is usually an exciting time.
As a parent, I know all too well how stressful back to school is for our families. Our children have such difficulty transitioning and navigating the maze of new teachers, schedules and classmates. I always brace myself for this time of year, and I have found my friends at The Balanced Mind Parent Network to be especially helpful during this time of year.
Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D., is a New York State licensed psychologist in private practice, specializing in children and adolescents with neurological disorders such as Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Asperger's Disorder. In addition to her treatment services, she also serves as a consulting psychologist to school districts to provide staff developments and to assist school teams in developing appropriate educational programs, behavior plans, and accommodations for students with neurological disorders.
She is the author of two web sites, School Behavior and Tourette Syndrome "Plus", for parents, educators, and clinicians. Her new book, Find a Way or Make a Way, provides helpful school accommodations for a variety of disorders.