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What are mental health warning signs in older children and pre-teens?

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Check with a doctor if your teen has signs such as:

  • Changes in school performance, falling grades
  • Can't handle daily life
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Lots of unexplained physical problems
  • Defying authority, skipping school, stealing, or damaging property
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Long-lasting negative mood, often along with poor appetite and thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger
  • Abuse of alcohol or other drugs
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities

From: Mental Health Warning Signs WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 18, 2020

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