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SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN CHILDREN | Print |

 

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According to WebMD, the symptoms in children vary depending on the type of mental illness, but some of the general symptoms include:

  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical ailments
  • Defying authority, skipping school, stealing, or damaging property
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Long-lasting negative moods, often accompanied by poor appetite and thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger
  • Changes in school performance, such as poor grades despite good efforts
  • Loss of interest in friends and activities they usually enjoy
  • Significant increase in time spent alone
  • Excessive worrying to or anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nightmares or night terrors
  • Persistent disobedience or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Hearing voices or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations)

If you have questions, you can visit the website for WebMD at www.webmd.com.  In addition, to speak with a licensed clinician or to make an appointment for your child, please contact the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111.  The Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center provides behavioral health services to Fulton County youth between the ages of 0 to 21 years old.

 
 

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