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Sadness, Hopelessness, & Self Injury

Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:18 am

Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors logoSadness and hopelessness are felt by children and adolescents for many different reasons, for example, the loss of a family member or friend. But if your child seems to be sad or feeling hopeless for longer than two weeks or has indicated that he/she may harm him/herself, this may be a sign of one of the mental health conditions below. You can read about each disorder and the known effective treatments by following the links below.

If you have questions about your child’s behavior or symptoms, please seek the advice of a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. You can find a directory here.


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