Behavioral Issues in West Hills Kids and Teens Medical Group, Doctor

Behavioral Issues in West Hills

Behavior disorders in kids are more than just defiant behavior and temper tantrums. There are more serious behavior disorders than can affect the child's relationship with other kids and family members as well as school performance. Some of these disorders end gradually while others only get worse if not treated promptly. It is important to get your child checked by a mental health professional if their behaviors seem to be out of the norm.

There are several known types of behavior disorders and your child can have more than one. Read on for symptoms of some of the most common behavior disorders in kids.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is among the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders. It can be broken down into predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. The following symptoms are common in children with ADHD:

  • Focus problems
  • Disorganization
  • Problems with quick and accurate processing of information
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Too much talking

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

This exhibits symptoms such as:

  • Arguing with peers and adults
  • Becoming easily angered
  • Unwillingness to follow rules
  • Intentionally annoying other people
  • Blaming others for their faults

Conduct disorder

Conduct disorder leads to the following tendencies:

  • Aggression towards animals and people
  • Truancy
  • Use of weapons such bats and knives
  • Stealing
  • Running away from home
  • Frequent lying
  • Vandalism and destruction of property
  • Setting fires deliberately

Treatment of behavior disorders

Behavior disorders may require a whole team of professionals to get around. They may also require unique treatment plans depending on the dominant symptoms in a child. Speak with our professionals at Kids and Teens Medical Group if you suspect your child has a behavior disorder. You can schedule an appointment for your child by giving us a call or filling out an appointment form on our website.