Child Behavior Disorders

Child Behavior Disorders can be caused by any number of things including trauma, brain injury, child abuse. Indications also point to behavior disorders actually be caused by a genetic disorder which in that case the child maybe responding involuntary to events and occurrences and blaming them for their behavior may not be warranted

The first big question facing a parent of a child with behavioral problems, is whether the behavior is really that extreme to require a comprehensive evaluation by psychotherapist-may be the most troublesome of all.

Since the child has problems controlling his behavior it stands to reason that his performance in school will be affected. This often will result in a child with a behavior disorder who will feel bad about himself and that low self-esteem will be further worsen by the adults around him who do not treat his disorder with understanding and compassion to help. And, too often the child is blamed for his unacceptable behavior and instead of being supported to deal with it he is alienated. There is, therefore, a thin line between behavior disorder, emotional disorders and learning disabilities.

If Behavior become severe and begin to interfere with the daily activities parents should consider seeking an evaluation from a mental health professional. Behavior disorders can be best dealt with by Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy. But, as with learning disabilities, accurate diagnosis is important and this must be over a length of time. The goal of behavioral therapy is to “unlearn” self-defeating attitudes and behavior. Cognitive-behavioral therapy may also be utilized to include social-skills training, because youngsters who are anxious or despondent frequently feel awkward in social situations. Individual therapy is usually complemented by family counseling and possibly group therapy. Psychological Healthcare often recommends a combination of all three.