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What are symptoms of mental illness in children?

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It varies depending on the type of mental illness, but general symptoms include:

  • Changes in school performance, such as poor grades despite good efforts
  • Abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Being unable to deal with daily problems and activities
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • A lot of complaints aboul physical ailments
  • Defying authority, skipping school, stealing, or damaging property
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Long-lasting negative moods, often with poor appetite and thoughts of death
  • Outbursts of anger often
  • Loss of interest in friends and activities
  • Much more time spent alone
  • Excessive worrying or anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nightmares or night terrors that keep happening
  • Ongoing disobedience or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations)

From: Mental Illness in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

SOURCE:

National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

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