Common symptoms of emotional disturbance include aggression toward other people, objects and self and withdrawal that goes beyond normal shyness, says Education.com. Other symptoms include hyperactivity and learning difficulties in children; anxiety and depression; inability to cultivate and maintain interpersonal relationships with other children, teachers and parents; and inappropriate behavior even under normal circumstances. Emotional disturbances describe a set of socio-emotional disabilities that can manifest in children and adults.
Hyperactivity is characterized by an impulse behavior, inability to concentrate or to sit still and interrupting conversations or talking too much, explains Education.com. Shouting unnecessarily, roughing up other people or pets, throwing objects angrily or hurting oneself are signs of aggression, which is a major symptom of people who are emotionally disturbed. Other signs of emotional disturbance include anxiety, fearing other people and places, chronic depression or withdrawal from surroundings and other people.
According to Education.com, emotional disturbances can be a result of family factors, such as domestic violence and lack of parental love; school aspects, such as lack of accommodation for learners with special needs; and cultural and environmental factors, such as peer groups, neighborhood or urbanization dynamics. Since emotional disturbances can negatively affect child development, medical attention should be sought as soon as the signs start showing.