What causes problem behavior? 30 possible conditions

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Definition

Problem behavior is troublesome, risk taking, or disruptive behavior that is more extreme than occasional errors in judgment and requires professional intervention to avoid legal difficulties.

Alternative Names

Behavior problem, behavioral problem, behavior problems.

Synopsis

Problem behavior is often associated with adolescence but may manifest in the very young or in adults. Delinquency, drug use, academic failure, risky sexual behavior, violence, property damage, vandalism and disregard of the rights of others are all problem behaviors. Because of changes within the brain and social issues that contribute to lack of control, problem behavior rises dramatically in early adolescence. The rate of problem behavior tends to fall after age 23 years.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Hunger
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Alcohol related disorders
  • Autism
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Head injury
  • Psychosis
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tantrums
  • Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Substance abuse disorders

Diagnosis and Treatment

Armed with the knowledge that problem behaviors peak as the child approaches adolescence, experts recommend prevention strategies be implemented in schools, homes and communities. Identifying individuals who are at risk is crucial to prevention. Intensive interventions to change problem behaviors in those engaged in them and prevent future problems is another strategy. Thorough evaluation of problem behaviors by qualified professionals is necessary for diagnosis and development of a comprehensive treatment plan – sometimes referred to as Behavior Intervention Plans. Family conflict, poverty, drug dependence, depression, anxiety or attention deficit disorder may be underlying problems contributing to problem behaviors and, if so, must be addressed in any treatment plan.

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Schizophrenia Overview

Although schizophrenia strikes only about one percent of the population, it is so disabling it is considered among the most important of psychiatric illnesses.

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2

Cocaine and related disorders

Cocaine is extracted from the coca plant, which grows in Central and South America. It is processed into many forms for use as an illegal drug of abuse.

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3

Amphetamine Dependence

People who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder sometimes require amphetamines to help them cope. Some people take amphetamines to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. Amphetamines are a type of stimulant, ...

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4

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence. It occurs when you drink so much over time that your body becomes dependent on or addicted to alcohol. When this happens, alcohol use becomes the most important thing i...

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5

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, is a progressive brain disorder. Learn about the causes, signs and research being done about AD.

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6

Autism Overview

Autism is one of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as pervasive developmental disorders, which are characterized by impaired communication, impaired social interaction, and restricted patterns of behavior...

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7

Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder is a group of behavioral and emotional problems that usually begins during childhood or teenage years. People with the disorder have a long-term and continual pattern of behavior that violates th...

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Delirium

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Delirium is an abrupt change in the brain that causes mental confusion and emotional disruption. It makes it difficult to think, remember, sleep, pay attention, and more. You might experience the condition durin...

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9

Dementia Overview

Dementia may affect memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Mental impairment must affect at least two brain functions to be considered dementia.

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10

Psychosis

Psychosis is a serious mental disorder characterized by thinking and emotions that are so impaired, that they indicate that the person experiencing them has lost contact with reality. People who are psychotic have fals...

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11

ADHD Basics

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactive and disruptive behaviors. People with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating, sitting still, payin...

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12

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood, from mania to depression. In mania, a person may feel extremely excited, impulsive, euphoric, and full of energy. Depression might brin...

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13

Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder is an unexpectedly strong emotional or behavioral reaction that occurs in response to an identifiable stressful life event or life change that occurred within the previous three months.Adjustmen...

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14

Depression Overview

Depression is a mood disorder. Learn about its causes, symptoms & treatments, and discover strategies for preventing depression. Continue reading!

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15

Concussion

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It can occur after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes your head and brain to shake quickly back and forth. Concussions are usually not lif...

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16

Dysthymia

Dysthymia is chronic depression with recurring symptoms of sadness and hopelessness lasting for several years. It is not characterized by acute depressive episodes but by an ongoing depressed feeling. Dysthymia is mos...

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17

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that develops during adolescence or early adulthood. It is marked by a pattern of emotional instability, impulsive behavior, a distorted self-image, and unstabl...

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18

Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Alcohol withdrawal delirium (AWD) is the most serious form of alcohol withdrawal. It causes sudden and severe problems in your brain and nervous system. Approximately five percent of hospital patients being treated fo...

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19

Encephalitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain tissue. Most cases are caused by viral infections. In rare cases it can also be caused by bacteria.There are two main types of encephalitis-primary and secondary. Primar...

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20

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the name for the symptoms that occur when a heavy drinker suddenly stops or significantly reduces their alcohol intake. With AWS, you may feel mild anxiety and fatigue. You may als...

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