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Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children: Common Types, Symptoms, and Treatments


Children are complicated creatures, just like adults, and they can act in unusual ways. However, at some point their behavior can cross over into disorder territory, when it’s time to possibly seek some medical advice.

Some of these disorders can be treated with either medications or counseling, or both. It’s important to be able to recognize some of these behaviors so you can give your child the best chance at success. Here are 12 things to know about behavioral and emotional disorders in children…

1. Defining Child Behavior Disorders

Healthline.com explains that some experts say the term “disorder” should be used carefully for children up to 5-years of age. It notes that behavioral problems in preschool years don’t mean there will be problems down the road.

Furthermore, it notes, evidence is limited that “behavioral issues are evidence of a true disorder.” For example, a young child throwing a tantrum doesn’t equal a problem with authority, and a child who is easily distracted in kindergarten is not a guarantee of ADHD. It’s not always easy to distinguish behavior that’s normal and abnormal during this crucial stage of development, it adds.

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