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Warning signs that your child may need counseling include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness

  • Constant anger and a tendency to overreact to situations

  • Persistent worry, anxiety, or fearfulness

  • Preoccupation with physical illness or their own appearance

  • Fear that someone is controlling his mind, or that he is "out of control"

  • A sudden, unexplained drop in grades at school

  • A loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed

  • Changes in patterns of sleeping or eating

  • Reclusiveness, preferring to be alone rather than in the company of friends or family

  • Hearing voices that aren't there

  • Expressing thoughts of suicide

  • An inability to concentrate, think clearly, or make decisions

  • An inability to sit still

  • Performing routines obsessively throughout the day, such as washing hands or cleaning things

  • Experiencing regular nightmares

  • Alcohol or drug use

  • Dieting obsessively, or binging followed by vomiting or taking laxatives

  • Taking part in violent acts such as setting fires or killing animals

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