Behavioral Disorders   

All children misbehave at times which is perfectly normal, but these misbehaviors should be in line with the age of the kids. However, there are times when the child’s behavior goes beyond the limits of normal behavior. If a child misbehaves beyond the limits of his or her age, that is not a normal misbehavior. Children are expected to misbehave as they grow up, but their misbehaviors should not exceed the expectations the stages of normal childhood development. If they exceed the expected limit, they are no longer referred to as misbehavior but rather they are seen as mischief and rebellion. This rebellion may be as a result of behavior disorders also known as disruptive behavioral disorders (Gillam, 2013). Usually, parents are encouraged to take their kids for health assessment and treatment to determine the mental health of their kids. If the disorders are not handled at a tender age, they may affect a person in his later stages in life.

Types of behavioral disorders

The author pinpoints the types of behavioral disorders that can be exhibited by individual, causes of these disorders, their characteristics and possible treatment. Just like any other type of health issue, behavioral disorders can affect both children and adults, but the disease is so common among children than in adults. Some of the most common types of behavioral disorders include anxiety disorders, disruptive behavioral disorder, dissociative disorders, emotional disorders and pervasive disorders. However, the types as mentioned above of behavioral disorders are caused by different mental and health conditions. In adults, the behavioral disorder can affect an individual’s job performance and work relationship while the disorders can affect a child’s school performance.

Common causes of behavioral disorders

Moreover, the author attempts to explain the possible and common causes of behavioral disorders, and it is quite common that it has different causes to both adults and children. In children, the uncommon behavior can be caused by biological and family-related factors while in adults, it can be attributed to biological and work-related factors. Some of the biological causes include malnutrition, brain damage, and hereditary factors. On the other hand, some of the causes that are associated with an individual’s life include emotional upset at home, school or at work, unhealthy discipline style and coercion from parents and other family members (Gillam, 2013).

The author goes a step further to explain some of the common characteristics, signs and symptoms of the behavioral disorder in both adults and children. Most of the victims and patients may exhibit short attention span, aggression, and self-injurious behaviors, withdrawal because of excessive fear, immaturity at handling things and learning difficulties. Also, both kids and adults with extreme emotional disturbances may show signs such as mood swings, distorted thinking, and excessive anxiety.

Treatment  and medication of disorders

In addition, the article touches on the possible medication and treatment for these disorders. However, the author is quick to point out that there is no one single treatment that can suit all cases and therefore medical experts should examine each case independently to determine the suitable treatment process. Most of the patients are given a prescription to assist in controlling the behavior but not to cure the disorders.

In conclusion, after a detailed and in-depth research, we can say that behavioral disorders may be common among many people, but we do not realize. It can affect both adults and children bringing with it adverse effects that can affect an individual’s life negatively (Gillam, 2013). Parents should be keen to notice rebellion and mischief in their children and seek medical assistance. Constant health assessment can be very helpful.


Gillam, R. B.-P. (2013). Identification of specific language impairment in bilingual children: I. Assessment in English. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(6), , 1813-1823.


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