Child Development

Navigating Behavioral Disorders in Children

October 29, 2023

Parenting is a journey with its share of ups and downs. When faced with behavioral challenges, it's natural to wonder whether your child is just going through a phase or if there's something more to explore. At Behavioral Health Consulting Services (BHCS), we're here to support you in understanding and navigating these challenges. Let's delve into some common behavioral disorders, offering insights on distinguishing them from typical behaviors and detailing how BHCS can assist you.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):

  • ODD goes beyond the occasional tantrum. Children with ODD may consistently resist authority, throw frequent tantrums, and argue excessively over a prolonged period. It's the persistence and severity of these behaviors that set ODD apart from typical growing pains.

Conduct Disorder (CD):

  • CD is characterized by a pattern of aggressive behavior towards others, and a serious disregard for rules and social norms. This isn't just about a child testing boundaries, but a more enduring pattern of behavior that disrupts both their life and the lives of those around them.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

  • ADHD involves a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It’s not just about a youngster being energetic or curious, but a level of distractibility and impulsivity that stands out from other kids of the same age.

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED):

  • Children with IED have severe outbursts of rage that are way out of proportion to the situation. It’s not just about a child having a bad day, but repeated, severe outbursts that are disruptive to their daily life.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD):

  • DMDD involves frequent, extreme temper outbursts along with a persistently irritable mood. This isn’t just a phase of moodiness, but a chronic condition that significantly impacts a child’s life.

Navigating Towards Calmer Waters: Steps for Families:


  • Understanding the behavioral disorder your child is experiencing is the compass you need. Seek reputable sources of information, attend workshops, and don’t hesitate to ask questions during your visits to healthcare providers.

Professional Guidance:

  • Charting the course with a knowledgeable and compassionate professional is invaluable. They can provide accurate diagnoses, suggest effective interventions, and guide you towards helpful resources.

Support Groups:

  • Connecting with other families who are sailing similar seas provides a community of support, shared experiences, and practical advice.

Consistent Routines and Positive Reinforcement:

  • Establishing a predictable routine and employing positive reinforcement strategies can help in managing behavioral symptoms and promoting desired behaviors.


  • Remember, a well-maintained ship is better equipped for the voyage. Prioritize self-care to ensure you have the energy and resilience to support your child.


  • Be a steadfast advocate for your child in all arenas of life, ensuring they have the necessary accommodations to thrive.

Distinguishing Phases from Disorders:

It's normal for children to act out or test boundaries as they navigate through different developmental stages. However, when disruptive behaviors are severe, persist over time, and impact a child’s ability to function in daily life, it may be time to seek professional guidance.

How BHCS Can Help:

At BHCS, our experienced team is dedicated to providing accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. We offer a comprehensive evaluation to understand the nature of your child's challenges, followed by a tailored plan that may include therapy, educational support, and parent training. Our goal is to empower families with the knowledge and strategies needed to support their child’s well-being and development.

Discover the support and expertise available at BHCS, and take a positive step towards understanding and managing behavioral disorders. Reach out to our compassionate team for personalized guidance, and let’s embark on this journey together towards nurturing a supportive environment for your child.