Maranda Interviews Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program Staff: How Depression Impacts School Performance

February 17, 2020

Maranda welcomed Aren Lord, LMSW from Pine Rest’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization to discuss how depression can have a huge impact on a student’s performance at school on February 17, 2020.

The two reviewed warning signs  that parents and teachers should look out for, including:

  • A change in grades
  • Not finishing homework
  • Increased errors
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Forgetting assignments
  • Needing additional time to complete assignments
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Missing class
  • Loss of interest in subjects or activities usually enjoys

The two reviewed what parents should do if they notice any of these changes in their child’s behavior, which starts by having a non-judgmental talk with the child. It’s important for kids to know their parents are on their team and support them no matter what. Some of the ways to have a non-judgmental conversation include:

  • Let your teen know you’re trying to understand not “fix”.
  • Focus on listening.
  • Don’t interrogate or criticize.
  • Validate their experience; help them feel safe.
  • Don’t give up too quickly.
  • Frame treatment like a coach or trainer–a place to practice new skills and improve daily life.
  • Treat the whole family.

If the parents don’t see any changes within a few weeks, then it’s suggest reaching out to get further help from a therapist or doctor.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a sponsor of Maranda Where You Live which airs Monday through Friday on WOOD TV 8 and WOTV 4 Women.

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