Child Behavior Disorders

Also called: Conduct disorders

All kids misbehave some times. And some may have temporary behavior problems due to stress. For example, the birth of a sibling, a divorce, or a death in the family may cause a child to act out. Behavior disorders are more serious. They involve a pattern of hostile, aggressive, or disruptive behaviors for more than 6 months. The behavior is also not appropriate for the child's age.

Warning signs can include

  • Harming or threatening themselves, other people or pets
  • Damaging or destroying property
  • Lying or stealing
  • Not doing well in school, skipping school
  • Early smoking, drinking or drug use
  • Early sexual activity
  • Frequent tantrums and arguments
  • Consistent hostility towards authority figures

If you see signs of a problem, ask for help. Poor choices can become habits. Kids who have behavior problems are at higher risk for school failure, mental health problems, and even suicide. Classes or family therapy may help parents learn to set and enforce limits. Talk therapy and behavior therapy for your child can also help.

Symptoms of Child Behavior Disorders

The following features are indicative of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • harming themselves
  • threatening other people
  • harming pets
  • damaging or destroying property
  • not doing well in school
  • skipping school
  • early smoking habits
  • early drinking habits
  • early drug use
  • early sexual activity
  • frequent arguments
It is possible that Child Behavior Disorders shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Child Behavior Disorders

The following are the most common causes of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • stress due to birth of a sibling
  • stress due to a divorce
  • stress due to a death in the family

Risk Factors for Child Behavior Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • suffering from learning difficulties
  • hyperactivity
  • perinatal complications
  • violence in the home

Prevention of Child Behavior Disorders

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Child Behavior Disorders. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • teaching parents how to interact with their children

Occurrence of Child Behavior Disorders

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Child Behavior Disorders cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Child Behavior Disorders most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 3-17 years

Common Gender

Child Behavior Disorders can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Child Behavior Disorders

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Child Behavior Disorders:
  • Check history of medical problems
  • Check a family history of mental disorders
  • Ask if the child has experienced physical or psychological trauma
  • Consider the behaviour reports from parents and other caretakers or teachers

Doctor for Diagnosis of Child Behavior Disorders

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Pediatrician

Complications of Child Behavior Disorders if untreated

Yes, Child Behavior Disorders causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Child Behavior Disorders is left untreated:
  • development of phobias
  • avoidance of social situations
  • problems at work or school
  • depression
  • anxiety disorder
  • psychiatric disorders

Procedures for Treatment of Child Behavior Disorders

The following procedures are used to treat Child Behavior Disorders:
  • Behavioral therapy: Strengthen or learn positive behaviors and treat unwanted or problem behaviors
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: Identify and replace unhealthy, negative behaviors and beliefs
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy: Stabilization of daily rhythms such as mealtimes, waking and sleeping
  • Family-focused therapy: Family support and communication help to recognize and manage signs of mood swings

Self-care for Child Behavior Disorders

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • Make regular schedule: Create a schedule for your healthy meals, bedtime or naps
  • Do rest: Take a break and rest for some time
  • Identify difficult situations: Avoid difficult situations
  • Quit drinking or using recreational drugs: Avoid alcohol or drug abuse
  • Make healthy routine: Helps in balancing of mood
  • Keep a mood chart: Keep a record of your daily moods, sleep, treatments and activities
  • Quit smoking and coffee: Both nicotine and caffeine worsens the condition of anxiety
  • Use relaxation techniques: Eases the anxiety
  • Eat healthy food: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish can help to reduce the anxiety

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Child Behavior Disorders

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • Do yoga: To relieve muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Meditation therapy: Relax and learn discipline
  • Neurofeedback training therapy: Learn to keep brain wave patterns active in front of the brain
  • Do exercise regularly: Increases the strength, flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Herbal Treatment : Passionflower is a herb that helps to reduces the anxiety

Patient Support for Treatment of Child Behavior Disorders

The following actions may help Child Behavior Disorders patients:
  • Show lots of affection to your child: Love and appreciate your child
  • Take time to enjoy your child: Spend time together with your child
  • Strive for healthy family relationships: Make a good relationship among all family members
  • Learn about bipolar disorder: Get proper education about your condition and its treatment options
  • Stay focused on your goals: Stay motivated to manage bipolar disorder
  • Join a support group: Connect to others people with same conditions and share experience

Time for Treatment of Child Behavior Disorders

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Child Behavior Disorders to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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