Signs and symptoms of mental health difficulties among children and adolescents can be classified in to two broad categories: internalized and externalized.
The Internalized problems are defined as emotional symptoms turned toward the individual and are characterized by anxiety, depressive and somatic symptoms.
The Externalized problems are defined as emotional symptoms turned towards individual’s surrounding and are characterized by impulsive, disruptive conduct, substance use, and other addictive symptoms.
Internalized symptoms include:
Externalized symptoms include:
Younger children might experience issues such as:
Older children and adolescents also show problems such as: