11 Warning Signs to Spot Mental Illness in Children

The REACH Institute created a list of 11 signs caregivers should look out for that may indicate childhood mental illness.

These are:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill yourself, or making plans to do so
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Involvement in many fights, using a weapon, or wanting to badly hurt others
  • Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt yourself or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make yourself lose weight
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of your daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts you in physical danger or causes school failure
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in your behavior or personality

Read More: When to Seek Help For Your Child

If you suspect your child may have a mental illness, please contact a local mental health practitioner. Remember, early interventions are the best interventions.


About Traci S. Williams-Nurse

Dr. Traci Williams-Nurse is a licensed psychologist who specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology. Her interests include child development, family functioning, video games and food. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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