Signs & Symptoms.
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- Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
- Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
- Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
- Contemplating or thinking about suicide
- Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
- Very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (ex: crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated)
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain
- Out of control, risk taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality, sleeping habits
- Withdraw from friends, family, and regular activities
- Violent or rebellious behavior, running away
- Unusual neglect of personal appearance
- Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
- Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
- Not tolerating praise or rewards