Impact of emotional neglect

Emotional neglect is a form of emotional abuse that occurs when one parent (or both) is unable to meet their child’s emotional needs. The emotional abuse is often the most difficult type of child abuse to spot, because it can be hidden under what seems like loving behavior. Sometimes, emotional neglect happens when parents don’t pay enough attention to their children’s feelings, and/or they act like they don’t care about them or their well-being at all.

What is emotional neglect  


Emotional neglect is a serious form of child maltreatment and can have a long-lasting impact on the child’s development.

It may be caused by parents, guardians or caregivers who fail to provide their child with basic needs such as warmth, affection and attention. The child may also experience emotional neglect from family members or friends. Teachers and other adults in the community can also cause emotional abuse through their actions towards children.



Aggression is a normal behavior that can arise from many different causes. It can be the result of emotional neglect, but it can also be a result of other factors such as genetics, brain chemistry and even past experiences.

In some cases, aggressive behaviors may be attributed to early childhood trauma or abuse. In others, there may not have been any specific event that triggered aggressive behavior; rather, it’s just something that happens in response to certain situations or stimuli.



Hyperactivity is a common symptom of ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also a symptom of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Hyperactivity can be seen in children who have difficulty sitting still, staying quiet or controlling their impulses. Hyperactive children are often very energetic and impulsive when they’re not focused on something they find interesting or enjoyable. They may have trouble concentrating on tasks that aren’t interesting to them because they can’t stop moving around long enough to finish them.

Signs of hyperactivity include fidgeting with clothing or objects; tapping fingers or toes; running around; talking too much; blurting out answers before questions are finished; interrupting others during conversations (especially adults); asking questions about topics that don’t interest the child; being constantly underfoot when you are trying to do something else.

Poor self-esteem  

self esteem

The first step to improving your self-esteem is to recognize what makes you feel good about yourself. Perhaps your parents were supportive and encouraging, or maybe they were always negative about everything. Maybe you enjoyed a hobby growing up, or maybe there was nothing that came easily for you. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to understand where your self-esteem issues stem from so that they can be addressed in therapy and with any other health professionals involved in treating emotional neglect.

The second step towards improving self-esteem is learning how to develop a healthy sense of self by setting goals that are realistic but challenging enough so they feel like an accomplishment when completed (for example: eating one vegetable per day). These small steps lead up into larger lifestyle changes such as dieting or exercising more regularly until those changes become habits instead of temporary resolutions that fall apart once life gets too busy again.

Delayed development  


Delayed development is one of the most prevalent signs of emotional neglect. Children who experience this type of abuse may not develop at the same rate as other children, and they may have trouble with things like speech, language, and communication skills.

Delayed development can actually be a sign that your child has other problems too. If you notice your child acting strangely or differently than other kids his age, it’s worth getting him checked out by a professional—especially if he’s been experiencing delayed development.

Here are some examples of common delays:

  • Speech – Your child may not use words correctly or say many words at all; she might have trouble pronouncing sounds correctly or communicating her thoughts verbally (for example, “Mommy wants juice” instead of “Mommy wants me to get her juice”).
  • Language comprehension – Your child doesn’t understand what people say around him—even when he does hear them—and often won’t respond when spoken to directly even though he understands what was said (for example, if someone says “Do you want pizza?” but your kid doesn’t answer).
  • Social interaction – Your child has trouble playing with others because he doesn’t understand how to behave appropriately in social situations (such as asking questions instead just copying what others do).


anxiety disorder
anxiety disorder

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and fear. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, so it’s important to pay attention to the feeling and be aware of what may be causing it. Anxiety can be caused by many factors, including genetics, life experiences, relationships with others and even personality traits.

The three most common anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). GAD involves long-term feelings of worry or tension often accompanied by physical symptoms such as fatigue or headaches; panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear or apprehension; OCD involves repetitive thought patterns or behaviors like washing hands excessively.

Having an anxiety disorder isn’t something you should feel ashamed about or try to hide from others — these emotions are normal reactions to various situations in life. The key is learning how best how handle them when they arise so that they don’t hold back your progress in other areas such as schoolwork or social activities with friends.”

Poor performance  

Poor performance is common in all areas of life. Children who have suffered emotional neglect face challenges in many areas of their lives, including school and work, sports, personal relationships and financial stability.

Poor performance at school: Children who have been emotionally neglected often struggle academically. They have trouble focusing on the task at hand and may perform poorly on tests or assignments because they don’t understand what they’re reading or writing about.

Poor performance in relationships: Emotionally neglected children are more likely to be involved with drugs, alcohol and unhealthy sexual partners than those who aren’t emotionally neglected. This is partly due to the fact that these children don’t know how to form healthy romantic relationships because no one has ever taught them what one looks like—so they rarely do it right.

Poor social life  


You might lack the confidence to start conversations and make friends. You might avoid social activities altogether, or feel uncomfortable in groups. Your family may have been reluctant to take you out of the house, so your social life is limited to what happens online or at school—and even then, other people might not understand how hard it is for you to talk with them.

If this sounds familiar, it’s important that you seek help from a mental health professional who can help build up your confidence in social settings. It’s also important that you continue seeking out new opportunities for interaction with others, whether it be through volunteer work or extracurricular activities like sports or music lessons (or both). The more time you spend around other people who aren’t emotionally abusive towards you, the easier it will become for those interactions to feel positive rather than painful or difficult.

Sleeping difficulty

sleep problem

Sleeplessness is a common symptom of emotional neglect. If you have difficulty sleeping, and it’s not due to another condition such as depression or anxiety, your emotional neglect may be at play. You may have difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep for several reasons:

  • You don’t feel safe enough or important enough in your relationship to unwind completely and sleep peacefully.
  • Your partner’s emotional absence has deprived you of their soothing presence that helps control the physiological stress response that keeps us awake at night.
  • Your partner’s lack of empathy has left you feeling like they don’t care about what you’re going through (which can make it difficult for them to understand why you’re feeling so stressed out).


We want to make sure that you understand the impact of emotional neglect. It’s a serious topic that affects millions of people every day, and we hope this article has helped you gain more insight into how it can affect children. We want you to know that there are resources available if you suspect your child may be suffering from emotional neglect or other issues associated with parental abandonment, such as PTSD. If your child shows signs of any of these symptoms mentioned above or others not listed here but still seem concerning enough for concern – we urge parents to seek help immediately.

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