Types Of Behavioral Disorders

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Behavioral disorders never fail to disrupt people’s lives, drastically changing their lifestyle and twisting their thoughts and feelings. In fact, these people suffer from many different types of behavioral disorders, from anxiety disorders to pervasive developmental disorders. If left untreated, it can negatively impact a person’s daily life and relationship with others.

What is a Behavioral Disorder?

Disruptive behavioral disorders (DBD), or most commonly known as behavioral disorders, are disorders characterized by continuous patterns of disruptive and uncontrollable behavior. It is found in both children and adults, but it usually manifests in childhood and continues on to adulthood. According to studies conducted on disorders, DBD is known to be more prevalent in males than females, and a person can suffer more than one behavioral disorder.


Some of the symptoms of behavioral disorders are the following:

Psychopathic tendencies towards self and others
Constant arguing with others
Often loses temper
Deliberately interrupts and annoys other people
Repetitive behavior or actions
Aggressive and hostile towards people or animals
Difficulty in solving problems
Physically abuses others
Alienates friends, family, and peers
Engages in illegal or dangerous behaviors
Resentment towards others
Defiant behavior
Impulsivity and inattention

Causes of behavioral disorders can be traced back to biological, family, and even school-related risk factors:


Brain damage
Physical illnesses
Genetic or hereditary factors


Divorce between parents
Unhealthy discipline style
Abuse (physical, sexual, mental, etc.)


Bullying (physical or cyber)
Poor attitude towards education
Overwhelming pressure from studies and school standards

Since there are many forms of behavioral disorders, there are also many effects that negatively impact people diagnosed with DBD, such as:

Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, etc.)
Failure to finish education
Homelessness or poverty
Broken relationships between loved ones or significant others

What are the Types of Behavioral Disorders?

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Behavioral disorders can be separated into multiple types, including:


Anxiety disorders – a group of disorders that are a characterized by extreme feeling of anxiety and fear

“Anxiety is unavoidable and designed for our survival and protection.” – Melissa Berschauer LMFT.

Social phobia
Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Panic disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Dissociative disorders – disorders that include disturbances in memory, identity, awareness, and perception

Dissociative amnesia (memory loss that’s more severe than normal forgetfulness)
Dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder
Depersonalization-derealization disorder (continuous sense of detachment or being outside yourself)

Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)

PDD’s now called autism spectrum disorder — are characterized by delays in communication and socialization, difficulty in managing changes in routine, and repetitive behavior

Autistic disorder (classic “autism”)

Asperger’s syndrome (include mild symptoms of autism but there are no signs of language or intellectual ability

Other types of behavioral disorders:

Depressive disorders
Bipolar disorders
Conduct disorders
Psychotic disorders

What treatments or therapy programs are applicable for Behavioral Disorders?

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“The benefits of therapy are vast, including having an objective perspective on happenings in your life, a sounding board for you to talk through options before taking action, a place where you can deepen self-awareness, access resources to support your growth and personal development, and much more. ” – Robin D. Stone, LMHC

But before seeking for medical help, it is best to reach out to loved ones or close relatives. This can help in expressing the feelings of a person suffering from a behavioral disorder. Sometimes, it is more helpful to have a talk with someone you are comfortable with when you have difficulty in controlling the way you behave by yourself or around others. This can ease the pressure and stress that the problems of disorders have laid on you. But, when there is a need for immediate professional help, there are multiple types of treatment that can treat behavioral disorders, such as:

Talk therapy (most widely practiced by children diagnosed with mental disorders)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Occupational therapy
Group therapy
Traditional psychotherapy
Residential behavioral treatment (centers and facilities)
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Executive behavioral disorder programs