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It’s difficult to see our loved ones struggle. But I think you can be positive about your niece’s talents, determination and skills -- and her potential. You might suggest she find a mentor and get involved with an educational advocacy group. They could provide networking and keep her engaged.
Also, we know that having a confidant who really listens -- perhaps someone like you -- can buffer her from becoming depressed (sad, tearful, problems sleeping and concentrating, changes in appetite or interest level).
If you are concerned about her becoming depressed, encourage her to join our Depression Support message board and reach out to others who are struggling, and to read this survival guide about getting through a rough time.