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Behavioral Issues

Developing Minds NY

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in FiDi (Financial District), New York, NY

Approximately 4.5 million children between ages 3-17 in the United States have been diagnosed with behavioral issues. Your child’s behavior affects their school performance and their ability to maintain friendships, and it also has an impact on your entire family. At Developing Minds NY, in the Financial District of Manhattan, Stephen Gamss, DO, diagnoses and treats behavioral issues in kids and teens and provides resources and support for families. To schedule an evaluation for a behavioral problem, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

Behavioral Issues Q & A

What are behavioral issues?

Children and adolescents have developing brains. They aren’t able to control their behavior or predict its consequences in the same way that adults can. For this reason, most kids exhibit some types of troublesome behavior at various times during their childhood.

Sometimes, however, your child’s behavior can cause harm to themselves or others. Ongoing negative behaviors may interfere with your child’s learning, social interaction, family life, and self-esteem. 

This might indicate that your child has a learning disability or a mental health condition, such as:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

The most common conditions that lead to disruptive behavior are oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder. ODD is characterized by resisting authority, angry outbursts, and conflict. Conduct disorders involve difficulty following rules, dishonesty, and aggression. 

What causes behavioral issues?

The exact cause of your child’s behavior depends on underlying mental health conditions, genetics, environmental stressors, and other factors. 

Growing up in a dysfunctional family, experiencing trauma, and economic insecurity can increase your child’s risk of behavioral problems.

How do I know if my child has behavioral issues? 

The following signs could indicate that your child or teen could benefit from evaluation for a behavioral disorder:

  • Not following rules at home or at school
  • Angry outbursts, especially when told “no”
  • Disrupting group activities
  • Teasing or bullying other kids
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness

Your child may also exhibit aggressive behavior toward family members, other children, or animals.

What services are available for behavioral disorders?

Behavioral issues are upsetting for parents and can take a toll on the entire family. Dr. Gamss and the team at Developing Minds NY can evaluate your child’s behavior and provide treatment options that help them process difficult emotions and regain control over their behavior.

Available services for behavioral issues include:

Diagnostic evaluation

Dr. Gamss performs a comprehensive behavior assessment, which provides for a 90-minute evaluation session and a review of your child’s medical records. He may also request detailed information from your child’s teachers, doctors, other family members, and previous or current mental health providers. 

Medication management

Some behavioral issues can be managed with prescription medications. Dr. Gamss offers expert monitoring to track your child’s response to each medication. He also makes adjustments in the dosage or type of medication as necessary.

Comprehensive evaluation report

Behavioral issues can have a significant impact on a child’s learning and development. Developing Minds NY can provide detailed reports for your child’s school, outside agencies, and other entities. This information helps to secure services and support to address all of your child’s needs as you work together to resolve unwanted behaviors. 

To schedule a consultation at Developing Minds NY, call today or book online.