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Goes on extreme eating binges:



Like other signs of mental illness, this sign
can have several causes. One likely cause is depression combined with your
child’s nervousness and up-tightness. Eating is something to do and a way of
dealing with his nervous energy. Eating far too much is somewhat like a natural
tranquilizer that makes the young person a little drowsy and calmer.



Another cause is part of an eating disorder
called bulimia and is related to the last sign. Your child’s weight likely is
about right for his height and age; but nonetheless, he vomits to control his
weight. After eating, he purges or gets rid of what he has just eaten. As if
trying to make up for the purging, he eats huge amounts of food in one sitting.
This is not just overeating. In one sitting, your child may eat enough food to
serve as normal meals for ten or twenty people. Keeping food away from him or
locking up the food usually does little good and may make matters worse. Your
youngster needs specialized help immediately.





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