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Signs and Symptoms

Common Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of ADHD

  • Inattention: Daydreaming or seeming to be in another world, sidetracked by what is going on around him or her.
  • Impulsiveness: Acting quickly without thinking first.
  • Hyperactivity: Inability to sit still, walking, running, or climbing around when others are seated, talking out of turn.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

The signs and symptoms of the types of anxiety disorders are diverse. In general, they involve worries, anxiousness, or obsessions, which debilitate normal functioning that can interfere with health, school and relationships.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism

Parents are usually the first to notice unusual behaviors in their child. In some cases, the infant seemed “different” from birth, unresponsive to people or focusing intently on one item for long periods of time. The first signs of an autism spectrum disorder can also appear in children who had been developing normally. When an engaged, babbling toddler suddenly becomes silent, withdrawn, self-abusive, or indifferent to social overtures, this may be a symptom.

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder’s diagnostic criteria is based on the study of adults older than 18 years. The long term outcomes of the illness treated or untreated is also based on the study of adults. Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings from overly “high” and/or irritable to sadness and hopelessness, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed

Signs of Concern for Suicide

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • A deepening depression
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
  • Out of character behavior
  • A loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order
  • Giving prized possessions away

Note: If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, get help immediately.

Help is Only a Call Away

If your child is in need of behavioral health treatment, Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health, may be able to help. Call 312-491-5055 for a no-cost assessment any time, day or night.