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Published on February 17th, 2016 | by SOMDParents


Mental Illness Signs and Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms


No child will experience the same signs and symptoms relating to mental health issues. Just as no intervention or treatment plan is the same, every family goes through different learning and growing processes after diagnosis. Here are some general signs and symptoms to look out for that may be related to mental health. 


  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities

If you are concerned that your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact a professional. There is no reason to be embarrassed of your child’s behavior. Getting the proper help could mean a lifetime of a difference for your child. 

The Promise Resource Center is holding a drive-in movie event to raise awareness of children’s mental health and the importance of early intervention. 

Click here for more information about their event.

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