Behavioral disorders are a class of certain conditions that typically develop in childhood or adolescence and are characterized by chronic patterns of aggression, defiance, disruption, and hostility. When these behaviors are present, children will often develop problems at home, school, and within interpersonal relationships. Behavioral disorders among children and adolescents can present themselves in a number of different ways. Every child is different and, as such, childhood behavioral disorders are going to affect each child in a different way. Additionally, since misbehaving at times is a normal part of growing up, it can be difficult to discern the difference between a normal stage that your child is going through and a more serious underlying condition. In order to avoid these potential negative consequences, early recognition and intervention is needed.
If you are unsure if your child is just going through a temporary defiant stage or has a behavioral problem there are some signs and symptoms to look out for. Warning signs that should not be ignored include:
- Harming themselves or others
- Damaging or destroying property
- Frequently lying or stealing
- Smoking or drinking at an early age
- Early sexual activity
- Frequent tantrums and arguments
- Consistently hostile toward authority figures
The presence of these symptoms may indicate that your child is grappling with some form of behavioral health problem. If not properly addressed, these poor choices and inappropriate behaviors become habit, bringing about a tremendous amount of turmoil in the child’s life and in the lives of those around him or her. Children with behavioral difficulties are at a higher risk for academic failure, the development of certain mental health disorders, and suicide. They may throw frequent temper tantrums, hurt themselves during a destructive outburst, abuse drugs or alcohol, be openly defiant, or engage in risky sexual activity. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for these children and adolescents to experience feelings of low self-worth and lowered self-esteem. Generally speaking, the presence of such negative behavior patterns can impact a child’s life in the future as he or she enters adulthood.
Millcreek Behavioral Health is here to provide intensive, structured treatment to meet the unique treatment needs of children and adolescents who are struggling with behavioral concerns. We have a wide variety of programming options that are designed to address specific issues and provide children with the tools needed to develop more appropriate social skills and ways to interact with the world around them.
The following are some of the behavioral disorders and conditions that we treat here at Millcreek Behavioral Health:
- Oppositional defiant disorders (ODD)
- Adjustment disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
- Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
- Impulse control disorders
Each one of our staff members at Millcreek Behavioral Health is dedicated to helping children and adolescents lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. We take the time to identify each patient’s unique developmental, emotional, and educational needs, so that we are able to provide individualized treatment for each child in our care. If you are concerned about your child’s behavioral disturbances, Millcreek Behavioral Health is here to help.