Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations.
- Behavioral disorders may involve:
- Defiant behavior
- drug use
- criminal activity
- Behavior or Conduct Problems in Children (CDC)
- Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in the Classroom
- DSM IV to DSM 5 Crosswalk – new classification in the DSM 5 now includes Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g., ADHD), and Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders (e.g., ODD)
- Children sometimes argue, are aggressive, or act angry or defiant around adults. A behavior disorder may be diagnosed when these disruptive behaviors are uncommon for the child’s age at the time, persist over time, or are severe. Because disruptive behavior disorders involve acting out and showing unwanted behavior towards others they are often called externalizing disorders.
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