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Child Behavior Disorders

Also called: Conduct disorders
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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 be present in a patient.
References: 1, 2

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
References: 1, 3

Risk Factors of Child Behavior Disorders

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Child Behavior Disorders:
  • 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:
  • By teaching parents how to interact with their children
References: 4

Occurrence of Child Behavior Disorders

Degree of Occurrence

The following are 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 most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Not gender specific
References: 5

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
References: 1, 6

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
References: 7

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
References: 8, 9, 10

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:
  • Regular schedule for meals, naps and bedtime: Create a schedule for your healthy meals, bedtime or naps
  • 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 a healthy routine: Helps in balancing of mood
  • Consider keeping 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
  • Relaxation techniques : Eases the anxiety
  • Healthy Food: Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish can help to reduce the anxiety
References: 9, 11, 12

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:
  • Yoga or meditation: Relax and learn discipline
  • Neurofeedback training: Learn to keep brain wave patterns active in front of the brain
  • Exercise: Do exercise regularly
  • Herbal Treatment : Passionflower is a herb that helps to reduces the anxiety
References: 9, 11, 13

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
References: 9, 11

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
References: 8

Questions - Child Behavior Disorders

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Demographic Information - Child Behavior Disorders

Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Child Behavior Disorders. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine/health topic.
Gender
2 out of 2 users are male.
Users Percentile
Female0
Male2
Other0
Participants: 2
Age
The most common user is 21-30 years old.
Users Percentile
< 210
21-302
30-402
40-500
50+0
Participants: 4
Marital Status
Users most commonly report that they are 'Married or domestic partnership'.
Users Percentile
Married or domestic partnership1
Participants: 1
Disease
Users most commonly suffer from Back pain.
Users Percentile
Back pain1
Depression1
Participants: 2
Body Weight
1 out of 3 users report that they are overweight.
Users Percentile
Overweight1
Not overweight2
Participants: 3
Smoking Habit
1 out of 1 users report that they do not smoke.
Users Percentile
Smoke0
Do not smoke1
Participants: 1
Alcohol Consumption Frequency
Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
Users Percentile
Never3
One drink a day0
Two drinks a day0
More than two drinks a day0
Once a week0
Twice a week0
Once a month0
Participants: 3
Well-being
0 out of 1 users report that they had significant pain in the last 3 months.
Users Percentile
Significant pain in the last 3 months0
No significant pain in the last 3 months1
Participants: 1
Profession
Nurse is the most common profession reported by users.
Users Percentile
Nurse1
Other1
Participants: 1
Routine Health Check-ups
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Missed Health Checkup Reason
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Medication
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Users most commonly exercise once a week.
Users Percentile
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Twice a week0
Five times a week1
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Fruits and Vegetables
Users most commonly report that they eat fruits and vegetables '1-3 times per month'.
Users Percentile
1-3 times per month1
Participants: 1
Healthy Food Choices
Users most commonly report that they make a healthy food choice 'Most of the time'.
Users Percentile
Most of the time1
Participants: 1
Eating Out
No data has been collected for this survey
Fast Food Frequency
Users most commonly report that they eat fast food '1-3 times per month'.
Users Percentile
1-3 times per month1
Participants: 1
Special Diet
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Housing Type
Users most commonly report that they live in a 'House'.
Users Percentile
House1
Participants: 1
Own Home
No data has been collected for this survey
Non-emergency Visits
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Medicine Source
Users most commonly report to buy medicine from 'Local pharmacy'.
Users Percentile
Local pharmacy1
Participants: 1

References

  1. MedlinePlus Child Behavior Disorders - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  2. Rummo JH, Routh DK, Rummo NJ, Brown JF. Behavioral and neurological effects of symptomatic and asymptomatic lead exposure in children. Arch Environ Health. 1979;34(2):120-4. - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  3. Grizenko N, Pawliuk N. Risk and protective factors for disruptive behavior disorders in children. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1994;64(4):534-44. - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  4. Chamberlin RW. Prevention of behavioral problems in young children. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1982;29(2):239-47. - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  5. CDC Children's Mental Health Report - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  6. NIH Treatment of Children with Mental Illness - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  7. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Panic attacks and panic disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  8. Wikipedia Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  9. MAYO CLINIC Bipolar disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  10. MAYO CLINIC Generalized anxiety disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  11. MAYO CLINIC Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  12. MAYO CLINIC Generalized anxiety disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  13. MAYO CLINIC Generalized anxiety disorder - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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This page was last updated on 1/13/2018.
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