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Crisis Preparation Tips: Hot Warning Signs

When it comes to family life, it's not a question of whether or not a crisis will hit; it's a question of when. No matter how well you parent with a purpose, you will encounter some calamity, which will impact your life as a family.
The crucial thing about crisis is preparation. Dr. Phil's Hot Warning Signs can serve as clues that you either have a crisis on your hands or that one is brewing. As a parent, stay alert to these early warning signs. Ignoring them could mean a tragic outcome for your child or your family.
Here are some of the warning signs that you can use to determine whether or not a family member is possibly headed for a crisis:

  • Gives away prized possessions
  • Begins to take impulsive risks with himself or others
  • Loss of interest in all activities, especially the ones previously interested in
  • Withdrawal of emotional response to everything (detachment, numbing)
  • Decline in participation at home
  • Lack of appreciation for family values
  • Adopts an unusual desire for secrecy
  • Begins breaking rules frequently
  • Exhibits use of drugs and alcohol

Download the full list of Hot Warning Signs.

Dr. Phil's Hot Warning Signs can be found in his book Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.