outbursts, disciplinary problems in school, and aggressive or
negative behavior, including looking or acting bored, especially if
kids don't have a past history of such behaviors, calls for closer
2. SLEEP CHANGES. In adults, this may be trouble sleeping. In children
and younger teens, there may be an overabundance of sleep, withdrawing
and sleeping after school, or refusing to get out of bed. In older
adolescents, you're more likely to see patterns of trouble falling
asleep and early morning awakening.
3. APPETITE CHANGES.
Significant weight loss or gain (as much as 25 pounds) one way or the
other in a few months. Although it can vary, it is typical of older
teens to lose weight, while younger children and young teens may gain
4. IRREGULARITY OF BOWEL MOVEMENTS.
Withholding or accidents in children normally old enough to control
their bowel movements.
5. SCHOOL PROBLEMS.
Sudden negative changes in youngsters' interest or performance,
including a drop in grades, disciplinary problems, lack of completing
6. EXTENDED NEGATIVE REACTION TO CRISES.
A reaction more severe and longer than would normally be expected
following a death, divorce, a move to a new school, etc. Typically,
children can adapt to these stressors within several weeks to, in the
case of a death, up to a year.
7. LOSS OF INTEREST IN OLD PLEASURES.
The child loses interest and pleasure in activities that were
previously a source of enjoyment.
8. CHANGE OF FRIENDS AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
The child gives up old friends and there may be a shift in the type of
friends with whom the child spends time to a group perceived as less
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