Learning Disabilities and Depression in Children

It is not what you think! That is for sure! I have heard so many silly statements.

Children get depressed and usually they are not identified. Children with learning disabilities are more often depressed than others, all things being equal. Having trouble in school, when you are bright, and being blamed for it can clearly cause depression. Possibly that could cause more trouble in school. But depression doesn’t cause learning disabilities –by definition.

THIS EPISODE EXPLAINS DEPRESSION’S RELATION TO LDs AND GIVE PRACTICAL MOM LEVEL IDEAS

Listen to the episode while I explain that, and give you suggestions what to do. Rushing to the doctor for drugs is the very last thing you should do. I have talked to many students who can not do well in school because of the psychotropic drugs they are taking. Of course, my students were adults, but often they just could not figure out why they couldn’t memorize or why they did so poorly at reading or taking tests. So many people I know have been harmed by being over-medicated. I explain who should be prescribing  and under what circumstances. No one else should be pushing. I will explain that too.

WHY DO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS NOT KNOW WHAT LEARNING DISABILITIES ARE?

I went to a candidate forum this week. I was appalled that not one candidate understood the definition of “learning disabilities.” Several were asked and every respondent went far off track. Some evidenced that they had no idea what was asked. Others suggested that regular testing will show and remediate LDs — which of course is nonsense. After someone has been on a school board for a few years… and still this? Lord help us!

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