Every child has moments when they do not behave properly, and many children are inclined to push the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. With the help of parents, teachers and carers most children grow to learn how to behave appropriately, as they move through the different phases of development. Serious behavioural issues occur, however, when a child continues to behave in an aggressive, destructive, antisocial or disobedient manner for a prolonged period, and they become intent on repeatedly breaking the rules at their home and their school. When this becomes a regular part of a child’s character and begins to affect their development, it can be diagnosed as a conduct disorder.
Behavioural issues and problems with engaging in highly antisocial behaviour can continue for some into adulthood. Often this is related to unresolved issues in their childhood development or painful and traumatic experiences in their past which have not been sufficiently addressed.
Often serious behavioural issues initiate a cycle whereby an individual’s difficult behaviour and the response it generates from those around them lowers their self-esteem, which provokes further anger and more difficult behaviour. This in turn leads to further alienation and marginalisation in their social life, which only entrenches their low self-esteem. Therefore, however challenging it may be, it is important to try and work towards understanding the emotional life and thought patterns of individuals with behavioural issues in order to break the cycle of destructive and aggressive behaviour.
If behavioural problems, or any other aspect of your mental health, is an issue affecting you or someone you know, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the portland practice, and make an enquiry or arrange a consultation with our mental health professionals here.
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