4 Behavioral Disorders in Children

*****DISCLAIMER***** I am NOT a doctor. Any material provided here is for knowledge only. Please consult your doctor if you have ANY concerns!

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)-  ADHD has two main types plus a combined type. There symptoms include inattentiveness, hyper-activity, and/or poor impulse control.  ADHD can be treated with medications, requires therapy and regular doctors visits. Consult with your doctor about your options.

Autism(ASD)- Autism Spectrum Disorder is a brain disorder where the different areas of the brain do not work together like they should. Symptoms include repetitive behaviors, social-interaction difficulties, and communication challenges. Typical treatment includes medicines, behavioral treatments, or both. Since no 2 people with Autism are alike, the treatment plan is specifically catered to each person. Consult with your doctor about your options.

Bipolar Disorder– Children with bipolar disorder often go through very high or “up” periods, unusual mood changes, as well as low or “depressed” periods. Bipolar is not your typical childhood ups and down, these are more extreme periods of time. Bipolar is often treated with medication and therapy. Consult with your doctor about your options.

Anxiety– Anxiety has many different categories: some included are Separation Anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, OCD, Panic Disorder, and many others found at the link above. Main characteristics are that they are hard on themselves, panic attacks,  excessive worry or fear, fear of social performance, selective speaking skills, and or specific phobias. Anxiety is treatable with medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Consult with your doctor about your options.

These conditions are all treatable. Most do not ever go away, I know. I got my first diagnosis at 13, but had been having issues since I was 6. I am a firm believer in taking medications if that is what you truly need to function. I, myself, am on medications. These diagnoses do not mean you are doomed. They just make you a special gift. Do not allow your diagnosis to take away your life.

So after all that, I want you to know if you have any questions about any of these conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact info provided. One of my sons has 2 of these conditions.

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