Emotional Disturbance (ED)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 defines an emotional disturbance (formerly known as a serious emotional disturbance) as a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree, and which adversely affects educational performance: 1) an inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors; 2) an inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers; 3) inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances; 4) a general, pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or 5) a tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems. The term includes children who are schizophrenic and does not include children who are socially maladjusted unless it is determined that they are emotionally disturbed.

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