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Back to school stressors for students with mental illness

Returning back to school can cause many stressors to students in all levels of education from elementary to graduate school especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.   A person’s angst can stem from a variety of sources such as wearing masks, getting vaccinated, being around others who are not vaccinated,  attending virtual versus live lectures, and/or if we will go back to lockdown. However, students with a mental illness may struggle adapting  returning back to school if they do not have proper help from administration and their health providers.  

ADHD students may struggle with:


Anxious students may struggle with:

Depressed students may struggle with:


OCD, PTSD, Bipolar, and Schizophrenic students can also struggle with issues of concentration and motivation based on their individual symptoms which may impair their functioning in school.

Here are some practical tips to address your mental health stressors at school:


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Dr. Ifeanyi Olele Ifeanyi Olele, DO, MBA, MS, is a board-certified psychiatrist who sees adolescent and adult patients in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. Dr. Olele is a dedicated psychiatrist in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma-related stress disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Dr. Ifeanyi Olele is one of the few psychiatrists who utilizes psychotherapy (talk therapy) as part of his treatment plan.

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