Warning Signs to Watch For

Capistrano Unified counselors say there are several signs parents should watch for if they suspect their child is experiencing mental/emotional problems. The partial list below is from the National Alliance on Mental Illness; the full list is available at nami.org.

  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worrying or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience, aggression or temper tantrums
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite

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