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What Are Behavioral Disorders? What Are Its Symptoms And Causes?   


jauhar khan 
@jauhar123 | Posted 30 May. 2019


The behavioral disorder is also known as a disruptive behavioral disorder. These are the most common reasons that parents are told to take their kids for mental health evaluations and treatment. Further, behavioral disorders are common in adults as well. If they are left untreated in childhood, these disorders can harm a person’s ability to get and hold a job and maintain relationships.

What Are The Types Of Behavioral Disorders?

According to Behavior Health Journal, behavioral disorders may be divided into a few types, which include:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Disruptive behavioral disorders

  • Emotional disorders

  • Pervasive developmental disorders

What Are The Causes Behavioral Disorders?

A behavioral disorder can have a range of causes. The abnormal behavior that is typically associated with these disorders can be traced back to family, biological, and school-related factors.

Some biological causes are:

  • Malnutrition

  • Physical illness or disability

  • Hereditary factors

  • Brain damage

Other factors about an individual’s home life may lead to behaviors associated with a behavioral disorder:

  • Coercion from parents

  • Divorce or other emotional upset at home

  • Poor attitude toward education or schooling

  • Unhealthy or inconsistent discipline style

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a condition that impairs an individual’s ability to focus properly and to control impulsive behaviors, or it may make the person overactive. It occurs more commonly in boys than in girls.

Emotional Behavioral Disorder: It affects a person’s ability to be happy, has control over their emotions, and pay attention in school.

  • Inappropriate actions or emotions under normal circumstances

  • Learning difficulties

  • Difficulty with interpersonal relationships

  • A feeling of depression

  • Feelings of fear and anxiety

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD): It is a behavioral disorder characterized by hostile, irritable and uncooperative attitudes in children. They may be spiteful or annoying on purpose, and they generally direct their negative actions at authority figures.

Anxiety: It is a normal emotion; everyone feels stress at some point in their lives. But, for some people, it results in insomnia and negative performance in their activities. Some severe mental health conditions that require treatment are:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Generalized anxiety disorder

  • Panic disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): People with OCD tend to do a particular activity time and again.

What Are the Signs Of Behavioral Disorders?

A person with a behavioral disorder may display or act out emotionally upset in different ways, which will also vary from person to person. You can also read the Orthopedics Journal.

  • Emotional Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders

  • Some of the psychological symptoms of behavioral disorders include:

  • Often appearing angry

  • Easily getting annoyed or nervous

  • Refusing to follow the rules or questioning authority

  • Blaming others

  • Having difficulty in handling frustration

  • Arguing and throwing temper tantrums

  • Physical Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders

Unlike other types of health conditions, a behavioral disorder mostly displays emotional symptoms, with physical symptoms such as a rash, fever, or headache. But, sometimes people suffering from a behavioral disorder tend to develop a substance abuse problem, which could show physical symptoms such as shaking, burnt fingertips, or bloodshot eyes.

What Are The Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts Of A Behavioral Disorder?

If left untreated, a behavioral disorder may have adverse effects, either short-term or long-term, on an individual’s personal as well as professional life. People may get into trouble for lashing out, such as face suspension or expulsion for bullying or arguing with authority figures, fighting, etc. Adults may lose their jobs eventually. Marriages can fall apart due to continuous strained relationships, while children might have to switch schools and may run out of options.

Grave actions a person with a behavioral disorder engages in include picking up fights, abusing animals, and threatening to use a weapon on people. The earlier a behavioral disorder is diagnosed and correctly treated; the more likely the child or adult suffering from it will be able to control their behavior.