Parents may often wonder what truly constitutes problematic behaviors or behavioral issues beyond normal childhood growing pains. Some behavior problems point to a more serious issue that may require the help of a professional. In order to better understand a child's behavior, it's helpful to understand common issues that children with behavioral disorders experience.
The following five signs may mean your child is suffering from a behavioral disorder or issue. These are meant to guide your current concerns, so that you can seek a professional opinion and in turn, implement early intervention.
Although there's a wide range of possible explanations, the most common disruptive behavior disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). Often, these disorders showcase overlapping symptoms, and excessive refusal to obey authority figures is often apparent within cases of CD and ODD.
All kids struggle to focus from time to time, especially when they are disinterested. If, however, you notice that your child struggles to concentrate, or they continually move from one task to another without completing any, this may be a sign of ADHD. You may also notice impulsivity and overactivity.
3. Physical Aggression
From tantrums to negative interactions with other children, physical aggression is most certainly a behavior that needs to be addressed. For those with CD, for instance, this can evolve into the hurting of animals. Overall, you may notice an increase in fighting, destructiveness and disobedience.
4. Blaming Others
When your child misbehaves, are they quick to blame others? It's normal for children to want to avoid getting in trouble, but this will be much more noticeable. What you are looking for here is a consistent lack of responsibility and a refusal to own up to their own mistakes.
5. Antisocial Behavior
Boys with CD, in particular, tend to exhibit antisocial behavior. More often than not, severe antisocial behavior in early childhood leads to a diagnosis of CD or ODD. You will notice repeated violations of social rules, which will also tie into defiance of authority and disregard for others.
Behavioral issues in children can lead to stress and frustration for the entire family. Learn more about how Brain Balance can help children with behavioral disorders. Get in touch with us today!