Students With Emotional Disabilities


Emotional disability is an umbrella term that includes a number of causative factors, ranging from minor to severe. Hence, it is  difficult to identify those who are suffering from emotional disability.

Sometimes emotional disability refers to a state of perpetual depression or an inability to maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationship with those around like teachers and fellow students.  Emotional disability may have its roots in childhood abuse. Unexplained fears and schizophrenia may also result in emotional disability.

Recently, there has been a steep rise in the number of students who are becoming victims of emotional disability.  According to research, it has been estimated that in 2002-2001 alone, the number of children who faced an emotional disability or disturbance was a staggering 472,932.

Therefore, it is quite clear that the problem at hand is not an easy one to solve. The problem is accentuated because an emotional disability is of a hidden nature and may not be readily apparent. The disability may become apparent when the child is encounters circumstances that trigger the disability.

Constant efforts from not just the government but from the community at large, to help the students who face such problems is needed.  It is of high importance to first identify such students since they form a heterogeneous group, and then diagnose the extent of their affliction.

Once this has been done, such students should be treated accordingly.  When we treat these children, it is important to remember that these children have very little control over their disability and are susceptible to anxiety, depression and anger.

In order to deal with such children we should first attempt to make the student aware of the nature and extent of the problem.  Once this has been done, the student should be made aware of the limits of acceptable conduct, as it may not be possible for the student to that independently.

The student should be provided with counseling and medical and psychological assistance to assist them in controlling their emotional disability.