Behavior Disorders

are those patterns of pervasive and problematic behavior that are serious enough to warrant a diagnosis by a mental health professional.

Examples of serious emotional and behavior disorders include:

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Characterized by impulsivity and an inability to focus or pay attention. Children with this disorder are often fidgety or "bouncing all over the place."

Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
Characterized by a consistent pattern of argumentative, hostile, and defiant behavior. Children with this disorder will constantly test the rules and are often angry. These children rarely, if ever, take responsibility for their actions.

Conduct Disorder
Characterized by serious behavior that violates the basic rights of others. Children with this disorder display such behaviors as: fire-setting, stealing, lying, fighting, vandalism, law-breaking, truancy, cruelty to animals, running away, and drug use, to name a few. Conduct Disorder often leads to Antisocial Personality Disorder as adults.

Impulse Control Disorder
Characterized by behaviors that are the result of poor impulse control. Children often feel anxiety before acting on the impulse and it is the behavior that relieves the anxiety. Examples of Impulse control Disorders include: pyromania (fire-setting), kleptomania (stealing), hoarding, hair-pulling (his or her own hair), or anger rages (Intermittent Explosive Disorder).

Other disorders include: Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Enuresis/Encopresis. Notice: This is only a partial list. For more examples of childhood behavior disorders, consult the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).