What are Child Behavioral Problems?
If you have a child who has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder, developmental disability, has behavioral issues in school, or has a hard time making friends; it must be taking a toll on you as well. Children can experience a range of psychological and behavioral problems including anxiety, depression, OCD, defiance, school refusal, autism, aggression, social and performance anxiety, eating disorders, academic problems, and trauma.
Often these problems also affect children’s development in other areas and can cause further problems in self-esteem, body image, development of useful coping mechanisms, social skills, etc. The earlier children get the appropriate help, the more these problems can be mitigated or avoided completely. Moreover, as a parent or caretaker your life is affected by trying to understand and help your child. In order for you to be the best possible parent, you need to take care of yourself as well. If your child needs help for a psychological or behavioral problem or if you find yourself struggling to deal with these issues, we can help.
New York Behavioral Health professionals use evidence-based practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for child behavioral problems as well as any issues you may be dealing with, there is good reason to believe your child’s and your problems can begin to improve very soon.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Child Behavior Problems
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of child behavioral issues. Warm, caring, professionals can offer CBT therapy in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located on Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street. Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your and your child’s suffering. We know it is not easy to get started, but we are here to help you get on the path to a better life.
For information about CBT therapy, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about children’s and parents’ problems and their treatment.
Disorders Diagnosed During Childhood
Many disorders are diagnosed during childhood. In addition to the distress and impaired functioning experienced by adults, children are at particular risk of developing comorbid disorders during critical periods of development. Many aspects of behavior and cognitive schemas, including effective social skills, organizational skills, self-schema, and body image are largely established at early ages of development. Therefore it is of great importance that accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment occur as soon as possible.
In addition, it is always important to ensure that parents and other family members are involved as they often experience anxiety and other aversive experiences out of their concern for the behaviorally challenged child.
Childhood disorders or symptoms may include:
1) aggression & anger (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ODD; Conduct Disorder)
2) attention problems (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD)
3) academic difficulties (Learning Disorders/Disabilities, ADHD)
4) social isolation
5) school refusal
8) Tourette's Syndrome
10) Asperger's Syndrome
11) Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Obesity)
12) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Empirically Supported Treatments for Childhood Disorders
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) have been empirically supported for many child and adolescent disorders, including those listed above.