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Behavioural Disorders

Abnormal behaviour is attributed to faulty learning. This makes behaviour modification therapy highly focused. According to behaviourists, the behaviour itself is the problem and the goal is to introduce patients to healthy and modified behaviours to reduce or remove the problem.

Behavioural Disorders

Facts To Know!!

  • More common in preschoolers and early school years.
  • Untreated behaviour disorders may lead to severe unhealthy behaviours such as addiction, bullying
  • Permissive parenting is highly correlated with a behaviour disorder
  • More than 4 million children are diagnosed with some or the other behavioural disorder
  • One out of three children with anxiety disorder have behavioural disorder

Behavioural Disorders

Watch short video introduction on what Behavioural Disorders looks like.

What causes Behavioural Disorders?

  • Neurological factors or a chemical imbalance in the brain

  • Innate need or craving for attention from the primary caregiver

  • A strong association of negative reinforcement or punishment by a parent as attention

  • Learned behaviour from parents, caregivers or other adults in the family

Hampered interpersonal relationship

Learning difficulty

Fear and anxiety

Difficulty in communication


Inappropriate actions and emotions

Stubborn behaviour

Temper tantrums

Symptoms of Behavioural Disorders?


  • Behaviour therapy such as Aversion therapy involves associating behaviour with an aversive response or Systematic Desensitization, it is a graduated exposure therapy, which triggers the anxiety

  • Conditioning methods like, Classical conditioning (learning a new behaviour by repeated associated behaviour) or Operant condition (method of learning through reward and punishment for a behaviour)

  • Other behaviour modification techniques- Token economy (system of reinforces the targeted behaviour using a token and later exchanging) and Modelling (teaches to behave in a way by observing a role model).

  • Cognitive behaviour therapy is a mix of principles of behaviour and cognitive schools

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