AAP  
 
 
  SIGNS & SYMPTOMS  
 

The table below is intended to provide a broad and general examination of some of the signs and symptoms
that are often associated with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and/or depression. The self-tests, included on this
site may also serve to provide additional insight into alcohol or drug addiction or mental problems.

This table is presented with thanks to G. Douglas Talbott, M.D. and
Linda R. Crosby, MSN, Talbott Recovery Campus, Atlanta, GA.

Family Physical Community Office Professional
         
Withdrawal from
activities
Multiple complaints Decrease in
community affairs
Disorganized
appointment schedule
Inappropriate behavior, moods
         
Frequent absences Increased use of prescription medication Change of friends, acquaintances Hostile behavior to
staff and/or clients
Decreasing quality of performance
         
Frequent arguments; child/spousal abuse Increased
hospitalizations
Drunk & disorderly,
DUI arrests
"Locked door" syndrome (using it at work) Inappropriate pleadings, decisions
         
Family members display codependent behaviors Frequent visits to physicians, dentists Loss of confidence in attorney by community leaders Borrowing money from co-workers, staff Co-workers and staff "gossip" about changes in behavior
         

Children engage in abnormal, antisocial, or illegal activities


Personal hygiene,
dress deteriorate
Involvement with place
of worship changes
Frequently sick Malpractice and disciplinary claims
         
Sexual problems (impotence, affair) Accidents, trauma, ER visits Sexual promiscuity Frequent unexplained absences Missed hearings, appointments, depositions
         
Separation/ divorce (initiated by spouse) Serious emotional crisis Isolation from
support systems
Clients begin to complain to associates, staff Loss of clients, practice, respect