Behavioral Issues

Ocean View Neuropsychiatry

Child Psychiatrists located in Laguna Beach, CA & Irvine, CA

If your child’s behaviors are interfering with their success at school or life at home, they may be showing signs of a clinical behavior disorder. At Ocean View Neuropsychiatry in Laguna Beach and Irvine, California, Ashraf Elmashat, MD, and Mohamed Yaser Elatrozy, MD, diagnose and treat behavioral problems to help your child have a fulfilling and satisfying life. Call or schedule an appointment online today for expert assessment and treatment.

Behavioral Issues Q & A

What are the common behavioral problems in children?

A wide range of factors influences your child's behavior. While it’s relatively rare for a child to have a severe behavioral disorder, they may be experiencing a temporary behavior or emotional problem. Some of the typical clinical behavior disorders include:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Learning disorders

However, it may be that your child is simply going through a phase in which they’re learning to express anger or they’re having academic or relational problems with friends or classmates, and they don’t know how to express themselves.

How do I know if my child’s behavior is normal?

While you know your child, sometimes their behaviors evolve slowly, and you don’t notice the change right away. And, every child is unique; behavior that is regular for one child isn’t necessarily the same for another.

However, if your child’s behavior has changed noticeably or if it’s interfering with a harmonious home life or their academics, you may want to talk to a professional and have your child assessed.

How are behavioral problems treated?

Treatments for behavioral problems depend on the underlying condition. At Ocean View Neuropsychiatry, Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy begin with a comprehensive assessment of your child.

If they diagnose a mental health issue or developmental delay that is interfering with your child’s wellness, they create a treatment plan to address the underlying condition while also providing therapy to help your child learn to control their behaviors.

However, if your child is going through a challenging experience, they may also benefit from individual and family therapy. During individual therapy, your child learns communication skills and techniques to deal with challenging emotions such as anger, frustration, and fear. In family therapy, you work together as a unit to provide a supportive environment to help your child and reassure them that they have support and love at home.

The doctors can provide you with advice and parenting strategies to deal with your child’s behavior and provide consistent support, love, and discipline.

If you’re concerned that your child has a behavioral problem, call Ocean View Neuropsychiatry or make an appointment online today.