- Endangering self or others: Begins to taken action toward a plan, such as harming themselves stockpiling guns, poison or sleeping pills. Has trouble sleeping. Isolate themselves ( running away, dropping out of school,etc.)
- Depression: Low energy. High feelings of worthlessness for guilt. Thoughts of suicide.
- High Stress: Intense fear, helplessness or horror. Poor concentration. Sleeping problems.
- Drug Abuse: Change of friends, new best friends uses drugs. Careless about personal appearance. Lying. Missing money. Discovery of pipes, rolling papers,medicine bottles, butane lighters or other drug paraphernalia. Gangs and Violence: Is obsessed with particular clothing attire. Truancy/tardy records. Shows of evidence of physical injuries but lies about causes. Produces unexplained cash, clothing, music CD's.
Remember not all of these apply in every situation. Go to- drphil.com - The name of that days show is "Growing Up Too Fast"
It's never too late to show love to our children. These warning signs was a wake up call for me We cannot ignore behaviors that seem strange or different to us. There are many more signs on Dr. Phil's list. I believe that God intended for the parents He chose for these children to do a much, much better job of raising His children than we are.