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School problems - September 14th 2014, 01:37 AM

I'm struggling in high school. I have anxiety, depression, and my therapist believes I might be struggling with bipolar.
I use to be on an IEP but got switched to a 504 plan last year.
I will be sitting in class and paying attention to what the teacher is talking about but then I'll totally forget what was going on. I have trouble concentrating and my mind tends to think about its own stuff when I'm paying attention in class but I sometimes wont realize it because I'm kinda use to it. I also get really stressed out when doing assignments because I get confused easily and have a hard time understanding text book talk rather then when the teacher explains something.
My psychologist said she can contact the school because she feels my issues are related to the bipolar, depression and anxiety because of how my mood fluctuates and how I get hyper then depressed.
What exactly will my teachers do if they find out about all of this? I have so much trouble with homework because after about 3 or 4 minutes I start to get overwhelmed even when I break the assignments down one by one. Will they understand more as to why I'm so stressed and give up so easily in school?
   
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Re: School problems - September 14th 2014, 03:29 AM

Hey,

The teachers won't judge you or yell at you because of this. If they see fit, they may want to talk to you about anything you think may help you, or they may want to let you know they are there for you. I think that they will be more understanding of you and possibly be even more willing to work with you. They may even be able to develop better ways to teach you that don't stress you out as much.

Perhaps you can meet with some of these teachers after school to get help that way? At least then, it will be in a one-on-one setting so they can help you focus and calmly complete the work?

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Re: School problems - September 14th 2014, 04:44 AM

504 plans allow you to have accommodations based on what the diagnosing professional, in this case your psychologist, believes would help you learn better. As far as I know, your actual diagnosis will be confidential unless you choose to tell them, and even then they may not want to know so that it doesn't affect how they treat you. They will provide the accommodations in the plan, anything beyond that will depend on the teacher.


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