Childhood Behavior Problems

It is very normal for young children to misbehave — like arguing, aggression, anger, and defiance —  during their growing years. However, a behavioral disorder may be diagnosed when disruptive behaviors last longer than usual or become severe.

Two common behavior disorders that involve acting out or unwanted behavior towards other — called “externalizing disorders” — are Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD).

Early diagnosis and treatment are vital. Treatment must fit the needs of the child and family. The first step is to contact a healthcare provider for a thorough evaluation to get an accurate diagnosis.

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