Without question, our children experience a lot of ups and downs.  But some behaviors are a sign of something more serious than a passing mood, especially if they have lasted more than two weeks:

  • Changes in sleeping, eating, or social habits

  • Sudden weight loss or gain

  • Lack of interest in favorite pastimes 

  • Declining academic performance

  • Reckless behavior

  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions 

  • Restlessness, excessive worry/stress

  • Isolation or sudden changes in peer relations

  • Self-harm (such as cutting)

  • Unusual fatigue or sleeping

  • Irritability or anger

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

  • Unexplained aches or pains that don’t go away when treated

Mental health professionals now know that these behaviors may be a sign of deep unhappiness or anxiety in youth. Those feelings, in turn, can lead to:

  • Difficulty studying

  • Relationship troubles

  • Substance abuse

  • Self harm or even suicide  

Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Americans aged 15-24?

Mental health professionals also know that mental challenges can be treated. Click here to learn how to begin the conversation and where to get help.

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