Symptoms of distress arise as individuals,
couples, and families experience normal development stages, face
special needs and problems, or confront unexpected crises. These
symptoms are not always obvious, even to the trained observer.
Some distress signals to look for are:
Feelings of marital and family
Frequent references to a child's
behavior, school adjustment, or underachievement.
Sexual problems or concerns.
Emotional distress when talking
about onces fiancee, spouse, children, parents, or other family
References to feelings of loneliness,
isolation, moodiness, and depression.
Unexplained physical injuries
to spouse or children.
Repeated requests for tranquilizers,
energizers, or sleeping aids.
Repeated illnesses or non-compliance
with treatment regime.
Excessive abuse of substances
such as alcohol and/or drugs.
Repeated financial difficulties.
Inability to set or attain goals.
Drastic weight fluctuations and/or
irregular eating patterns.
Repeated employment difficulties,
frequent job changes, and difficulty with co-workers.