Understand Your Child Better

When children are young they tend to be defiant and unruly. This is common in most children and it is not anything to cause alarm. However, there are some children that tend to take defiance and indiscipline over board to an extent that these behaviors are termed abnormal. There are 3 disorders that are commonly experienced in children; the conduct disorder (CD), the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). These behavioral disorders have some common symptoms and thus can be very difficult and gruesome to diagnose correctly. They emanate from temporary stressing factors that might occur withing the family set up or might represent a more lasting disorder. These behavioral disorders are more likely to be witnessed in boys than in girls.

A two to one ratio of boys to girls at a 10% rate are the number of children who are below adolescent age that have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Some of the symptoms include throwing of temper tantrums, quick aggravation levels, always at the verge of frustration, easy annoyance, low self esteem and the argumentative aspect especially with the more familiar adults in their lives. The children who suffer from conduct disorder (CD)are often termed as “bad children” because they happen to be very disobedient and keen on starting fights. Sometimes they can get so aggressive you would require the twin cities moving company to separate them from their victims! They also tend to be truant, sadistic and even suicidal. Lastly, the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects a three to one ratio of boys to girls. The children suffering from this disorder tend to have low concentration capability, they are jumpy, are sort of careless and impulsive and always uneasy.

These behavioral disorders in children may be solved in a number of ways. The pediatrician, psychologist or the child psychiatrist may engage the parents or guardians in an in depth interview to get to the bottom of the child’s behavior or use behavioalr checklists and questionnaires. Generally, the sooner the situation is looked into, the better the expected results.