What is an emotional disturbance?

An emotional disturbance is a problem with the way a person feels or handles their emotions. It can cause problems with how they think, how they act, and how they relate to other people. Emotional disturbances can range from mild to severe and can last for a short time or be a lifelong problem. Some emotional disturbances are caused by things like trauma or stress, while others may be caused by a medical condition or medication.

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