Behavioral disorder is a term used to describe a person with an emotional disturbance that encompasses anxiety disorder, disruptive behavioral disorders, dissociative disorders, emotional disorders, and pervasive developmental disorders.

Some characteristics of a behavioral disorder are:

  • An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors
  • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers
  • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances
  • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression
  • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school factors.

 

Treatment: Mental health professionals and treatment centers can evaluate people to determine if they a behavioral disorder. Tests called functional behavioral assessments offer problem-solving help to address behavioral problems in individuals. Behavior therapy or medication may be recommended by a physician depending on family circumstances.

 

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References:

Behavioral Disorder Symptoms, Causes and Effects. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2015, from http://www.psychguides.com/guides/behavioral-disorder-symptoms-causes-and-effects/