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How can I evaluate my child's stress?

When a child is experiencing difficulties coping with stress, he or she is likely to show changes in physical appearance, mood, and behavior. Physical changes include stomachache, headache, issues sleeping, trouble eating, and low energy. Emotional changes include nervousness, anxiety, loss of enthusiasm about things he or she used to enjoy, anger or hostility towards peers, shyness or withdrawal, and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Being able to recognize the signs of stress is an important skill for parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals.

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