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Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders
What are Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders?
Individuals who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects their life:
- An inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors;
- An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers;
- Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances;
- A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; and
- A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.
What are the characteristics of Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders?
- Hyperactivity (short attention span, impulsiveness)
- Aggression or self-injurious behavior (acting out, fighting)
- Withdrawal (not interacting socially with others, excessive fear or anxiety
- Immaturity (inappropriate crying, temper tantrums, poor coping skills)
- Learning difficulties (academically performing below grade level)
Some of the disorders associated with these characteristics include (but are not limited to):
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Conduct disorders
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Psychotic disorders
Where can I go for more information?
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Psychological Association
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)