Behavioral Issues

Acting Up Or Acting Out?

behavioral issuesMany different factors influence behavior, but when behavioral issues show up, intervention may be necessary. Behavior relates to how someone acts. Most of the time behavior is associated with our feelings. Although, we are entitled to our feelings, we do always have the right to act on them, especially at certain times and in certain places. The expectations of you are dependent upon the situation. Inside, you are expected to use your inside voice. At work, you are to respect your boss and do things orderly. Whenever you are constantly disruptive and not meeting behavioral expectations, you have behavioral issues. Most issues of this nature are seen in children, but unfortunately, adults may have behavioral issues as well.

Understanding Behavior

Behavior can be a reflection of emotions, life situations, as well as mental disorders. When we are emotional, we tend to lose all reason and act on how we feel. There are a few people who can cover their feelings well. Adults eventually learn to control their emotions. Some never learn and end up in jail. As an adult, when you do things wrong you do not go to time out, you have serious consequences. Life is tough at times. When you are dealing with hard situations like death, divorce, or poverty, your behavior may change. Behavioral changes in children are sometimes a result of changes in the home. When there is constant bickering or divorce taking place, children tend to lash out. The brain affects the way you think and behave. Brain malfunction can cause a lot of behavioral issues. Behavioral issues are different between children and adults.

Children like to test limits. You can tell them hundreds of times not to do something, and they will still attempt to do it. There is a difference between normal behavior problems and a child just being a child. There is no specific age in which each behavioral issue is diagnosed. Many times ADD and ADHD is not diagnosed until a child starts school. Teachers first notice most behavioral problems in children. 10-15% of children in the United States are considered to have emotional or behavioral disorders. Asperger’s syndrome is another behavior related disorder. It is similar to Autism except there is no loss of intelligence.

Other Issues To Consider

ODD is another problem that even young children may have. ODD is Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Children tend to be argumentative, negative, and downright defiant against authority. They will constantly find themselves in trouble. Without intervention, symptoms only become worse. Conduct disorder is a behavior issue that, if not treated, can lead to bigger problems in adulthood. It may also stem from ODD. It is worse than ODD in that it leads to aggression and harm of others. Conduct disorder is characterized by a child who persistently violates the rules as well as the rights of others. It can be brain related, but it can also be a result of family problems. Conduct disorders that are not treated in childhood lead to Antisocial personality disorders in adulthood.

Reassess Your Own Behaviors

Adults are not immune to behavioral problems. Behavioral problems in adults sometimes stem from things in childhood. If you never learn to deal with your emotions as a child, you will grow up with the same bad habits. Antisocial personality disorder is found only in adults but as a child, it is considered conduct disorder. Adults who have no respect for others may wind up in jail. You cannot abuse others rights and expect to get away with it. Violating every law known to man is not the way to live. Anger problems are more of an emotional disorder that leads to behavior issues. In your anger, you can kill someone. So many people wind up dead out of one stupid mistake made out of anger. A lack of anger management leads to abuse both verbally and physically. Road rage is another indication of unresolved anger issues. Adults may also deal with anxiety and depression which affects their behavior negatively. They may not want to work or do anything because they always feel sad. In instances where anxiety or depression prevents you from living life, you should see a doctor.  

behavioral issuesA psychologist or psychiatrist treat most behavioral issues. They assess what is going on in the home as well as when the issues started. They may also test whether or not it is brain related. Treatment depends on the source of the problem. Children who have lost a close loved one tend to show behavioral problems. When the home is full of turmoil, kids act out based on what they see sometimes. Their life situations may make them angry, and they take it out on others. In these cases, treatment is done through therapy. Having someone that can talk to you and who can give you solutions is helpful. If you’re able to change the environment in your home, you may be able to solve the problem.  

Symptoms To Consider

If there are symptoms of anxiety or depression, medication is typically the form of treatment. Medication can solve hormone or brain imbalances. It is especially helpful for children with ADD or ADHD. It helps them calm down and pay attention. Treatment for adults typically involves counseling, anger management or medication. When an adult can get to the source of their problem, they can begin to heal. Behavior issues as an adult may be a result of unresolved issues in the childhood like abuse and an absentee father. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step of treatment.

Behavioral issues can be stressful for parents. It is hard especially when you do not know why your child is acting out. Taking notice of behavior changes is good. Anytime a child begins to get out of their normal character; you may need to seek help. Adults typically do not consider themselves to have behavioral problems, but it is possible. Adults behavioral issues do not show up the same way as a child. If you are either angered easily, always getting into fights, or just really depressed, you too should seek counsel. Ignoring behavioral issues may lead to severe consequences later in life.


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