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Behaviour change


Facts

  • Many teenagers will show a change in behaviour at times associated with changes in home/school circumstances, adolescent development and ill health.

  • Most changes in behaviour will not be caused by brain tumour.

  • Most changes in behaviour will not be persistent (i.e. occur on most days over a period of time) or pervasive (i.e. occurring in multiple environments e.g. home/school/holiday).

  • Most teenagers with a change in behaviour associated with a brain tumour will have other symptoms/signs – these should be looked for carefully.

Behaviour changes caused by a brain tumour:

  • Are expected to occur persistently – routinely over days or weeks

  • Are expected to occur pervasively – across all settings, such as at home, at school, at play, on outings or visits away. Teenagers with a persistent and pervasive behaviour change should be seen by a doctor.


Brain tumours in teenagers frequently cause lethargy (severe tiredness and reduced energy levels), a change in mood, dis-inhibition or withdrawal. Lethargy may cause:

  • Significant reduction in activity levels, and spending more time resting

  • Lack of enthusiasm or desire to participate in activities that they had previously enjoyed, across different activities and in different environments

  • Becoming tired or fatigued more readily or quickly than they used to

  • Falling behind or progressing more slowly at school, college or work

  • Persistently – occurring routinely over days or weeks

  • Pervasively – across all settings, such as at home, at school, at play, on outings or visits away


If you're a teenager and you're concerned about your symptoms, it's best to get them checked out by your doctor.



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