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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