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These General Causes May Be Behind Your Child Behavior Issues

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

One of the biggest impacts on children's behaviour is the environment they are in. Here are a few lists of common reasons that can cause behavioural disorders in kids:

1. Tics

Tics are repetitive, involuntary muscle movements or vocalizations. They can be simple,

like blinking or coughing, or they can be complex, like touching oneself repeatedly or making sounds that are not words. Tics can be mild, moderate, or severe.


ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It's a condition that makes it difficult for children to concentrate and control their impulses. Symptoms of ADHD include Inattention, hyperactivity, and Impulsivity.

3. Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.

4. Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a condition that falls under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorder. People with PDA have an intense fear of everyday demands and expectations, such as those found in social situations, school, or work. People with PDA often display what is known as “ Splitting behaviour”. This means that they may seem charming and engaging one moment, but then become angry and belligerent the next.

5. Anxious Disorders in Children

There are many types of anxiety disorders that children can suffer from. The most common ones include :

  • Separation anxiety disorder: This is when a child feels anxious or scared when away from home or parents or caregiver.

  • Social anxiety disorder: A child with social anxiety feels overwhelmed and extremely self-conscious in social situations.

  • Phobias: A phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, dogs, heights).

6. Oppositional Defiant Disorder

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is a childhood disorder that is characterized by a pattern of negative, defiant, disobedient, and often hostile behaviour towards authority figures.

7. Antisocial Behavior Patterns in Children

There are many different types of antisocial behaviour patterns in children. Some common ones include Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities they once enjoyed.

  • Aggression

  • Breaking things

  • Lying

  • Running Away

Above are a few behavioural problems in kids that are quite common, but often go unnoticed. Early recognition and treatment are key to helping children to improve their quality of life. If you found this helpful and informative please do share with others. Thank you for reading.

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