Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses in Kids 
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Keeping our immune systems strong is imperative in fighting off colds, flu and COVID-19. Eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly, however, are not all that is necessary for a healthy lifestyle.  


Mental health is vital to personal well-being, as it affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It is necessary in order to minimize stress levels and better relationships. You may be aware of the common warning signs of mental illnesses in adults, such as extreme tiredness or mood changes, but may not be able to name premonitions of a mental health disorder in a child.  


Signs that your child may have a mental illness include:

  1. Difficulty concentrating
  2. Sudden, immense fear for no reason
  3. Refusing to eat  
  4. Involvement in multiple fights  
  5. Retreating from social interactions  
  6. Trouble sleeping 
  7. Avoiding school  
  8. Abrupt changes in academic grades 
  9. Common headaches and stomachaches 
  10. Weight loss  


If these signs are familiar behavior seen in your child, you can play an important role in supporting his/her treatment. Consider researching stress management techniques, working with your child’s teachers to ensure there is necessary support, finding ways to keep your child relaxed, and making it a habit to applaud your child’s strengths. Most importantly, however, contact a mental health professional for a specific diagnosis and additional advice. 


Mental health conditions in children can be difficult to identify. Keep an eye out for these warning signs to help your child.  
Mental illness in children: Know the signs - Mayo Clinic 
11 Simple Signs a Child May Have a Psychiatric Disorder | Child Mind Institute


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