SIGNS & SYMP­TOMS

Although emo­tional abuse does not leave phys­i­cal marks on the child, he or she can de­velop cer­tain symp­toms from the on­go­ing abuse. These are the key cues you need to know about:

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Phys­i­cal

Suf­fer­ing from speech dis­or­ders, such as stam­mer­ing or stut­ter­ing Show­ing de­layed phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment Suf­fer­ing from ul­cers, asthma or se­vere al­ler­gies Abus­ing al­co­hol and drugs

Be­havioural and Emo­tional

Dis­play­ing ab­nor­mal habits (suck­ing, rock­ing, bit­ing) Feel­ing in­se­cure, an­ti­so­cial, de­struc­tive Suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ab­nor­mal sleep­ing pat­terns Be­hav­ing in a neu­rotic man­ner (eg. acute anx­i­ety; de­pres­sion; des­per­ate need for love, ap­proval or at­ten­tion; com­pul­sive acts; ex­treme ir­ri­tabil­ity; etc.) Be­hav­ing in an ex­treme man­ner (pas­sive­ness, ag­gres­sive­ness, etc.) and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mood swings Ex­press­ing dis­like or ha­tred for par­ent/guardian/care­giver Show­ing delin­quent be­hav­iour At­tempt­ing to run away Show­ing signs of sui­ci­dal be­hav­iour

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