As a child, I used to always be fed up, get angry about small things, just to get the thing I need from my parents. My parents were smarter than me. They understood why I was behaving like that and got me the things that were necessary only. This is what is called “Parenting”.
There is a stage where a kid’s behavior goes beyond the level, causes stress, disruptions, and problems with getting along, and is unable to control by parents it is called disruptive behavior disorder.
There are 2 types of disruptive behavior disorder:
1)Oppositional Defiant disorder
3)Attention Deficit disorder
1)Oppositional Defiant Disorder
A disorder in a child marked by defiant and disobedient behavior to authority figures.
Cause: The cause is unknown but it may be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Symptoms: 1)Irritatable mood
2)Argumentative and defiant disorder
3)refuses to obey adults
4)Seems to deliberately try to annoy or aggravate others
5) Seeks to blame others for any misfortunes or misdeeds.
There is no prevention for ODD but if you see any symptoms of ODD in your child then positive parenting and early treatment can help improve the condition.
Symptoms: Conduct disorder is a mental disorder experienced in children that presents itself through a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior that includes theft, lies, physical violence.
Cause: Genetic factors: 1)A lack of impulse control
2)Inability to learn
Environmental factors:1) Child abuse
3)Parents who abuse drugs or alcohol
Although it may not be possible to prevent conduct disorder, recognizing and acting on symptoms when they appear can minimize distress to the child and family, and prevent many of the problems associated with the condition.
3)Attention Deficit disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD) includes a combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
There are three subtypes of ADD:
- Predominantly inattentive. The majority of symptoms fall under inattention.
- Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive. The majority of symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive.
- Combined. This is a mix of inattentive symptoms and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.
- During pregnancy, avoid anything that could harm fetal development. For example, don’t drink alcohol, use recreational drugs, or smoke cigarettes.
- Protect your child from exposure to pollutants and toxins, including cigarette smoke and lead paint.
- Limit screen time. Although still unproven, it may be prudent for children to avoid excessive exposure to TV and video games in the first five years of life.
Kids due to their age want everyone to talk to them, want to be cool and superior to others and due to this attention, they get these types of disorders. At this time parents need to understand the condition of children and talk and support them.
Therapy makes the child feel better but the parent’s love and support make the child feel comfortable.
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Being a parent was the hardest job I ever had. It is certainly not for sissies. Take care, Muriel