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Repeated bad behavior – whether at school, home or both – suggests that kids may be struggling with underlying behavioral or mental health issues. See their acting out as a cry for help.
Abuse means deliberately hurting a child and potentially causing injuries, including bruises, broken bones, burns or cuts. Neglect can include everything from failing to keep kids safe or offer basic necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare.
Living with others increases the opportunity for all types of interaction, especially conflict. When there is strain in the relationship between caregiver and child, communications may break down and arguments become more frequent.
A group of emotional symptoms, such as stress, sadness or hopelessness, and even physical symptoms that arise after a child experiences a stressful life event. The child’s strong reaction may seem out of proportion to the event itself because he or she is struggling to cope with the situation.
Persistently feeling sad, empty, hopeless, and/or helpless, so much so that kids often stop joining into family, school, sports or other social events for two weeks or more. It can be a single episode or a reoccurring condition.
Positive self-images help make better, healthier decisions and be more resilient. They also are less likely to develop depression or other mental health conditions, according to studies undertaken by the Mayo Clinic.
Repeatedly throwing tantrums or engaging in destructive behaviors (including hurting other children or adults). Out-of-control anger often indicates an underlying issue, such as family conflict, trauma, ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).
Daily excessive worrying that can even seem like a phobia and/or panic attack. Physical symptoms can include racing heartbeat, restlessness, muscle tension and tiredness and/or issues trying to sleep.