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My Friend’s Mom May Be Abused

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I am 12 years old and I think my best friends mom is being abused why I think this is that when ever I’m around them she’s always saying she’s sore and she wears scarves and sweaters in the middle of the summer. I overheard that he’s always makes fun of her. I have seen that she’s always scared when my friend is not around her and that she’s sad. I have heard arguments, screaming, and crying at night when I’m over there. Whenever I ask my friend what’s up she panics and makes up new excuses every day almost. Help me I’m so stressed over this I can’t sleep I’m so worried about her. Help me.

My Friend’s Mom May Be Abused

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Thank you for having the courage to speak up about this to us. It is always a difficult thing to know what to do when you feel someone is being abused and yet don’t know for certain. But I would honor your instincts and talk privately to your school counselor about your concerns. He or she will know how to help. This is something that you need to talk to an adult about so they can help you and your friend’s mom.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Friend’s Mom May Be Abused

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Friend’s Mom May Be Abused. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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