Behavioral ProblemsAltamonte Springs, FL
Behavioral problems are behaviors that can cause disruptions at school, home, and social interactions. Such behavioral patterns conflict with a person’s age, social values, and cultural norms. When behavioral problems interfere with a person’s ability to function normally, professional treatment can help.
Treatment for behavioral problems is available at Florida Psychiatric Associates in Altamonte Springs and the surrounding area. We can help evaluate the issues and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Call us today at 407-960-5633 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Understanding Behavioral Problems
Behavior is defined as a person’s actions or reactions to their environment, thoughts, and emotions. Behavioral problems are disruptive, unusual, or inappropriate behaviors that can occur in children and adults. These behaviors are not typically acceptable and can vary in severity.
While everyone can display some of these problematic behaviors at times, ones that persist over time or are severe may require professional treatment. People with behavioral problems can benefit from professional intervention to improve their symptoms.
Symptoms of Behavioral Problems
People with behavioral problems may act out or display emotional distress in ways that may vary for each person. The symptoms of behavioral problems can vary widely from the absence of emotions to being aggressive. Behavioral symptoms may also accompany psychiatric and cognitive symptoms.
Possible behavioral problems symptoms may include but are not limited to:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Angry or defiant behavior
- Difficulty handling frustration
- Easily being annoyed or nervous
- Emotional flatness
- Inappropriate behavior
- Obsessive thoughts
- Poor judgment
- Questioning authority
- Refusing to follow rules
The type of symptoms a person is displaying will determine which treatment is most appropriate.
Causes of Behavioral Problems
There are many possible causes associated with behavioral problems. One possible cause that may play a role in behavioral problems is brain abnormalities. This may include abnormal chemistry, injury, or structural abnormalities. Environmental factors such as a lack of supervision, inconsistent discipline, abuse, or unstable home life can also contribute to behavioral issues.
Additionally, life events or certain family situations like poverty or the death of a loved one can result in problematic behaviors. Chronic and mental health conditions can also increase the risk of problem behavior. Conditions associated with behavioral problems may include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dementia, depression, substance abuse, and more.
When to Seek Professional Help
Without the proper treatment, behavioral problems can have adverse short-term and long-term effects on a person’s personal and professional life. Behavioral issues can make it difficult to maintain relationships, hold a steady job, and even obey the law. Many behavioral problems are identifiable in early childhood. The earlier problem behaviors are apparent, the greater the probability of developing serious behavioral problems in the future. Fortunately, young children often respond quickly and positively to treatment.
Identifying behavioral problems and receiving appropriate treatment is crucial to prevent them from developing into more severe issues. With the right treatment, patients can better understand and identify their emotions and handle them more effectively. People with behavioral problems that adversely affect their ability to function at work, school, or interact with others around them should seek professional treatment.
Receiving treatment for behavioral problems is crucial. Our team can develop personalized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient effectively. We perform comprehensive evaluations to determine an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment option. Treatments for behavioral problems may include medications or psychotreatment.
Individual or group treatment may be effective in managing behavioral issues. Talk treatment or cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) can also help patients manage symptoms of behavioral disorders. CBT sessions focus on helping patients overcome their negative thoughts and feelings and learn how to cope with harmful impulses and actions. In some cases, medications can also help patients deal with the primary and secondary issues of behavioral problems. They may be able to help stabilize mood and stop explosive outbursts.
Call Us Today
Behavioral problems can prevent people from leading normal and productive lives. Our team at Florida Psychiatric Associates in Altamonte Springs can help. Call us today at 407-960-5633 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is problem behavior diagnosed?
The first step of diagnosing a behavioral problem is by going over a patient’s health history and listening to their symptoms. Patients should expect to answer questions about when their behavior started, how long the behaviors have lasted, any recent life changes. Our team will use this information to determine the causes of the behavior and the right treatment plan.
What are the risk factors for behavioral problems?
Certain chronic or mental health conditions can put people at more risk of behavioral problems. Some behavioral problems have a genetic link. People with antisocial disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, or substance abuse are more likely to have children with behavioral issues.
Are behavioral problems the same in men and women?
Behavioral problems are often different in women and men. Men with behavioral problems may be more likely to fight, steal, or engage in vandalism. On the other hand, women with behavioral issues may lie or run away from home.
How long do patients receive CBT?
CBT typically consists of weekly sessions for 12 to 20 weeks. These sessions may range from 30 to 60 minutes each. However, CBT will vary for each patient and their needs.
What is psychotreatment, and how can it help behavioral problems?
Psychotreatment is talk treatment that helps people learn to cope with a broad range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. With the right psychotreatment treatment, patients can eliminate or gain control over troubling symptoms of behavioral problems. Our team can help patients identify and change unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors.
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