Potential Warning Signs

If you notice significant social, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive changes in a child or adolescent, seek consultation from a school counselor, pediatrician or mental health professional.  Though these changes may reflect nothing more than a normal developmental growing period, they may also signal something more concerning and should be taken seriously. 

If you are not certain if you should seek help for a child or youth in your care, contact a professional from your school mental health team or the child’s pediatrician for guidance.


THINKING       FEELINGS      BEHAVIOR 
Persistent nightmares   Feelings of sadness or hopelessness   Decrease in school performance
Unusual thoughts or beliefs   Angry feelings   Loss of effort in things he/she usually enjoys
Thoughts that race too fast   Anxious or worried feelings   Unexplained changes in sleeping habits
Poor concentration   Extreme fear   Unexplained changes in eating habits
Inability to focus attention   Sense of worthlessness   Frequent crying and overreaction to small things
Hearing voices that cannot be explained   Sense of guilt   Avoidance of family and/or friends
Suicidal thoughts   Sense of agitation and/or uneasiness   Hyperactivity or fidgeting
Thinking that life is too hard or has no meaning   Loss of interest in things he or she usually enjoys   Frequent breaking of rules or getting into trouble with the law
    Lack or remorse or guilt when others are hurt   Use of alcohol or other drugs
        Threats of self harm or violence
        Dangerous or life threatening actions

 

 

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