What warning signs do I need to look out for in the adolescent phase of my child?

  • A prolonged negative mood and attitude often faced with poor appetite, difficulty sleeping or thoughts of death
  • Opposition to authority, truancy, theft, vandalism and consistent violation or disregard of others
  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs or heavy tobacco use
  • Intense fear of becoming ‘obese’ with no relationship to actual body weight, constant dieting, restrictive eating habits, purging food or vomiting
  • Frequent outbursts of anger or inability to cope with problems and daily activities
  • Marked change in school performance
  • Marked changes in sleeping
  • Marked changes in eating habits
  • Persistent nightmares or many physical complaints
  • Threats of self-harm and harm or violence toward others
  • Sexually acting out
  • Threats to run away
  • Strange thoughts, feelings and unusual behaviours

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