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What Are the Symptoms of Mental Illness in Children?

Children's symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness, but some of the general symptoms include:

    Changes in school performance, such as poor grades despite good efforts
    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
    Loss of interest in friends and activities they usually enjoy
    Significant increase in time spent alone
    Excessive worrying or anxiety
    Persistent nightmares or night terrors
    Persistent disobedience or aggressive behavior
    Frequent temper tantrums
    Hearing voices or seeing things that are not there (hallucinations)

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