Child Behavior In Chennai

Child Behavior In Chennai Childhood behavior disorders such as anxiety, and depression are often missed in children.

All kids misbehave some times, but a pattern of hostile, aggressive or disruptive behaviors can have a serious impact on a child’s overall health. Some disorders are more common than others, and conditions range from mild to severe. Often, a child has more than one disorder. Most of the symptoms and distress associated with childhood and adolescent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders can be alleviated with timely and appropriate treatment and supports.(Read Dr. Gautham’s reply to an anxious mother about her adolescent daughter)

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are among the most common of childhood disorders.


Many people once believed that severe depression did not occur in childhood. Today, experts agree that severe depression can occur at any age. Depression in children is marked by changes in:

Emotions— Feeling sad, crying, feeling worthless or having low self esteem;
Motivation— No interest in play activities, or schoolwork
Physical well-being— Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns or vague physical complaints;
Thoughts—Disturbance in body image, feeling ugly, feeling unable to do anything right, or thoughts of hopelessness.
Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Young people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are unable to focus their attention and are often impulsive and easily distracted and have great difficulty remaining still, taking turns, and keeping quiet.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). A pattern of negative, defiant and hostile behavior toward authority figures.

Childhood Psychosis. Childhood psychosis is essentially the same as psychosis in adults, but it occurs early in life — sometimes even before the teen years — and has a profound impact on a child’s ability to function. The early signs and symptoms may be so vague that you can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong, or you may attribute them to a developmental phase. As time goes on, the symptoms may become more severe and more noticeable to family, friends and school officials. Eventually, the child may develop the symptoms of psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and difficulty with organizing his or her thoughts. As thoughts become more disorganized, there’s often a “break from reality.” This phase of childhood psychosis is often the most distressing to children and their families and frequently results in hospitalization and treatment with medication.

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