As teachers, we may like to detect the early symptoms of emotional disturbances among our students. It may be helpful to locate individuals in need and help them to overcome the psychological hindrances and move on with a positive mental and emotional state in order to achieve healthy growth and personal development.
Early symptoms of emotional disturbances
- Social behavior:
- Withdrawal (not interacting socially with others, excessive fear or anxiety);
- Immaturity (inappropriate crying, temper tantrums, poor coping skills); and
- Aggression or self-injurious behavior (acting out, fighting);
- Affective characteristic
- Depression, severe anxiety disorders, phobias, and psychosomatic disorders
- Academic characteristic:
- Hyperactivity (short attention span, impulsiveness);
- Learning difficulties (academically performing below grade level).
Children with the most serious emotional disturbances may exhibit distorted thinking, excessive anxiety, bizarre motor acts, and abnormal mood swings (NICHY, 2010). Some of them may exhibit disruptive behaviors and facing difficulty in learning.
Linch, Rachel. (2013). Emotional behavior disorder.
How else can you identify a child with emotional disturbances?
How is emotional disturbance being diagnosed?
It involves mental health professionals such as the psychiatrist and psychologist to diagnose and determine the extend of emotional disturbance.
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