No single sign or symptom is the deciding factor about whether a child has been abused. However, many studies show that child abuse and neglect can have a long term negative impact on a child. Child victims are at greater risk for emotional problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts. They also are at higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, asthma, and obesity. If you suspect a child is being abused, one phone call can make all the difference in the life of that child.