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?

Information Sheets