All children and adults have moments, whether brief or extensive) when they do not behave appropriately. People of all ages can go through different phases as they develop, become more independent, and go through life changes. Toddlers and adolescents are more prone to behavioral problems due to the rapid, changing growth phases in life. With the help of parents, care providers and teachers most of toddlers and adolescents will ultimately learn to behave appropriately.
If you are worried that your child has destructive behavioral problems, the signs to look for are:
- if your child continually behaves badly for several months or longer, is repeatedly being disobedient or aggressive;
- if your child’s behavior is out of the ordinary, and seriously breaks the rules accepted in your home or school.
Your child may have a Disruptive Behavior Disorder (DBD), which are behavioral disorders defined by ongoing patterns of hostile and defiant behaviors directed towards authority figures. Even though all children go through phases of testing boundaries and limits, children with DBD participate in these behaviors to such an extreme that it affects their everyday lives.