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Signs of stress:




The following questions highlight common signs
of stress you might see in your child. Even if they are not of specific concern
to you today, still consider whether your child is having any of these
problems. This facilitates your developing a broad perspective for thinking
about problems your child may experience. You are initiating the process of
exploring multiple areas within which signs of maladjustment and potential
causes of those difficulties may be identified.



Consider whether your child has had the problem
within the past week or so. If not, go to the next question. If he (or she) has
experienced the problem, put a check mark beside the question and then go to
the next question. Repeat the process until you have considered each question.



Does
your child



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Become restless and unable to calm down?



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Have unusual trouble concentrating and
paying attention?



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Take more than an hour to go to sleep or
awakened during the night, taking more than a half hour to go back to sleep?



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Have bad dreams or nightmares?



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Have headaches?



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Have trouble with an upset stomach?



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Cry for no apparent reason or have crying
spells?



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Lose his temper with little or no
provocation?



If you did not check any of the questions, the
likelihood is stress is not a significant problem for your child at this time.
If you checked one or more questions, there may be stress- related
difficulties. The following sections help you determine whether problematic
stress is present and facilitate your pinpointing the issues.





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