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Telling signs

April 16, 2008
It is essential to look out for symptoms in your friends and family, especially if they have undergone one of the triggers mentioned. The typical symptoms are:

  • Sadness
  • Anger and irritation
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Anti-social behaviour (not wanting to meet with family or friends)
  • Poor grades
  • Lack of concentration
  • Lack of appetite or disinterest in food

    These are the initial symptoms. Sometimes depression is exhibited when a child runs away from home, talks of death, attempts suicide.

    This is when friends and parents should sit up and take notice, says Dr Shetty.

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