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Signs of mental illness:

For the most part, children who are not mentally ill never exhibit these signs. If you notice any of these signs in your child, the first step is to talk with your family physician about what you have observed. Your physician will probably suggest you have your child evaluated by a children's mental health specialist. Follow whatever recommendations you receive.

Think about these questions. They highlight common signs of mental illness. As you consider each question, ask yourself if your child ever exhibits the sign. If not, go to the next question. If he sometimes has the problem, put a check mark beside the question and then go to the next question. Step through the questions until you have thought about each question.

Does your child

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