Child neglect and psychological abuse : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

Symptoms of psychological abuse may include:

  • Difficulties in school
  • Eating disorders, leading to weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Emotional issues such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety
  • Rebellious behavior
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vague physical complaints

See also: Failure to thrive

Diagnosis & Tests

Children with suspected emotional abuse should be examined by a trained mental health professional. All neglected or psychologically abused children should be examined for other forms of physical abuse.


Review Date : 3/14/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.viewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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