Symptoms of Abuse

Personality Changes

  • Becomes disrespectful - is verbally and physically abusive
  • Is angry a lot, acts paranoid or confused, or suffers from extreme mood swings
  • Seems depressed and less out-going than usual
  • Is secretive and lies about what he/she is doing and where they are going
  • Is stealing or “losing” possessions he/she used to value
  • Seems to have a lot of money, or is always asking for money
  • Withdraws from the family and family activities

Physical Appearance Changes

  • Not taking care of hygiene and grooming
  • Not sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Too hyperactive or too little energy

Social Activity / School Performance Changes

  • Drops old friends and activities
  • Is skipping school
  • Loses interest in school work and is getting low grades
  • Is sleeping in class
  • Loses concentration and is having trouble remembering things