Does My Child Suffer From a Mental Disorder if They are Violent?

mental disorderMental disorders can range from common to very serious, and can affect children as well as adults.

Children live in a world that should be filled with carefree days and peaceful nights. However, that is not always the case. In fact, millions of children go home only to be confronted with domestic violence, emotional issues, anxiety and other mental health issues revolving around their parents.

A troubling home environment affects so many children that health professionals, teachers and parents alike are asking, “Does violent behavior mean a child is suffering from a mental disorder?”

Here are five signs and symptoms that may indicate it is time to have a discussion with your child about their behavior.

  1. Tantrums that occur past the age of five. Children are expected to developmentally outgrow these types of emotional outbursts by age seven.
  2. Behavior that becomes destructive or indicates the child may become, or already is, dangerous to themselves or others.
  3. Trouble at school requiring teachers to send home reports.
  4. Other children’s parents excluding them from play dates, or they are not invited to parties, etc., due to troubling behavior.
  5. Defiance becomes upsetting to the child and they feel bad that they cannot control their anger.

If your child or a child you know is displaying any of these symptoms, you may need to consider that he or she could be suffering from any number of very common yet treatable mental health issues.

These can include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, depression, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), pervasive developmental disorders, reactive attachment disorder, autism, sensory processing issues or others.

While medication is an option, there are many natural alternatives that can help improve a child’s mood and help them to cope with the uncomfortable and oftentimes confusing symptoms of mental disorders like ADHD.

Non-medicated approaches are also an option, so ask your child’s healthcare provider about behavioral approaches parents, teachers and children can work on together to help the situation.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.


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