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Signs of Overload

Although stress is a part of life and growing up, you need to intervene when you sense that it is undermining your child's physical or psychological well-being. Here are some clues that stress may be having too negative an effect.

* Your child develops physical symptoms like headaches and stomach pains.
* He seems restless, tired, and agitated.
* He appears depressed and is uncommunicative about how he feels.
* He gets irritable, negative, and shows little excitement or pleasure in his activities.
* He seems less interested in an activity that was once extremely important to him and prefers to stay at home.
* His grades at school begin to fall, and he has less interest than usual in attending classes and doing homework.
* He exhibits antisocial behavior such as lying and stealing, forgets or refuses to do his chores, and seems much more dependent on you than in the past.

Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12 (Copyright © 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics)