• Mood changes, like persistent sadness or irritability
• Changes in level of functioning, such as school failure.
• Withdrawal from friends and family.
• A loss of interest in activities that had been important.
• Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
• Lack of energy.
• Trouble concentrating
• Unexplained aches and pains.
Parents need to ask themselves how severe the symptoms seem, and how persistent. When a child really seems to have changed, you can’t just write it off as adolescence.