- inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors;
- inability to develop and keep appropriate, satisfactory social relationships with family, peers, and adults in the school system;
- inappropriate behavior or feelings in response to normal situations;
- a pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or
- a tendency to develop negative physical symptoms or fears related to personal or school problems.
The category of emotional disturbance includes schizophrenia. However, many children with emotional disturbances do not have symptoms of other types of organic psychiatric disorders. Emotional disturbance is not diagnosed in children who are primarily socially maladjusted unless an underlying emotional disturbance under also exists.