A behaviour disorder is characterised as a clinically significant pattern of behaviour associated with distress or impairment in an important area of functioning.
Childhood behavioural disorders include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), and eating disorders.
How will I know if my child has a behavioural disorder?
As children develop, they are constantly growing and changing. It is important to bear this in mind if your child’s behaviour is disturbing. However, childhood disorders are more significant exaggerations of emotional states and reactions, that are regarded as normal for their age, when occurring in only a mild form. If the problem is persistent, seek the help of a trained professional, who can help with diagnosis.
Do some children have more than one behavioural disorder?
Yes, two or more behavioural disorders can – and often do – exist at the same time. For instance, research shows that between 35-60 per cent of those with ADHD also have ODD.