Behavioral disorders

Children and adolescents can sometimes argue or be uncooperative. But someone living with a behavioral disorder has a hard time controlling their emotions and actions. This may be shown in a pattern of not cooperating, arguing, or “acting out.” People with behavioral disorders may:

  • Exhibit aggressive, inappropriate, or destructive behavior
  • Have frequent outbursts of rage and violence
  • Display highly argumentative and spiteful behavior
  • Challenge or defy authority figures
  • Have limited attention spans and behave hyperactively

Some behavioral disorders are noticeable during childhood; in other cases, symptoms do not appear until adulthood. No matter how severe the symptoms are, safe and effective treatment is available. This empowers individuals with the symptoms of behavioral disorders can live life fully.

Resources and support

Local groups and programs can help you navigate a behavioral disorder. Explore these resources:

How we serve you

If you’re a member of Cardinal Innovations, there are services to assist you with behavioral disorders. Learn about a service type or find a provider specializing in behavioral disorders.

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