Behavioural Issues

Behavioral problems cover a wide range of disorders, from mildly disruptive to severely dysfunctional. Usually characterized by uncontrollable impulses such as shopping, sex, gambling, hoarding, and tics, behavioural problems make it difficult to live life without stress and anxiety.

The impulse that drives most behavior problems is an uncontrollable reaction to mental, internal or environmental stimuli. The patient will continue to engage in the behavior even though the consequences are negative and cause stress and unhappiness. Most patients with behavioral problems want help for their problems.

Disorders classified as behavior problems are called impulse-control disorders (ICDs). These behaviors vary greatly in intensity and effect. Some behavior problems are more common among men than women and vice versa. There are some common similarities:

  • Family history of compulsive behavior
  • Inability to stop the behavior
  • Age of onset (often teen and early adult years)
  • Existence of other issues such as substance abuse, depression and anxiety
  • The behavior interferes with everyday life

The most common behavior problems include eating disorders, sex addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, gambling, and hoarding.

Getting treatment for disruptive behavior problems is important. The earlier treatment is begun, the higher the chance of success. Registered counsellors and psychologists can help manage the illness by developing strategies and coping mechanisms to help the patient move forward in treatment and recovery.

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