Young Adult and Teen Behavioral Issues
Do you often feel angry or stressed? What about obsessive with certain things? Living with a behavioral disorder or addiction can be overwhelming, but stability is possible.
What are behavioral disorders or addictions?
Behavioral issues are defined by a pattern of disruptive behaviors that can cause problems in school, at work, and in social situations. Most teens act out or have moments they’re not proud of—but when behavior is severe, persistent over time, and uncommon for a person’s age, then it might be related to a diagnosable behavior disorder.
Several examples of behavioral disorders seen in children and teens are:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
A common disorder that causes hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and/or trouble paying attention.
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
Mostly diagnosed during childhood, this disorder is defined by defiant and disobedient behavior toward authority figures.
Conduct disorder (CD)
Also primarily diagnosed in children and teens, this disorder marks an ongoing pattern of aggression and disobeying rules and social norms.
Another category of behavioral issues seen in teens is behavioral addiction. This is when a person is addicted to a certain behavior or to the feeling they get from that action. Gambling and drug abuse are common behavioral addictions, but it can even be something as mundane as browsing the internet. With this type of behavioral issue, a person continues to engage in the behavior in order to experience a high—regardless of consequences.
When is it time to find help?
Even if a person’s behavior seems innocent to start with, their actions can still develop into a disorder or addiction with serious mental health consequences. If you think that you might benefit from professional support but you're not sure if it’s necessary, consider the following questions.
- When did this behavior start?
- How long has this behavior lasted?
- How does my behavior affect those around me?
- Have I recently experienced any life changes or transitions that might have caused this behavior?
- Does anyone else in my family share the same behavior?
Young adult and teen treatment for behavioral disorders or addictions
Although behavioral disorders and addictions may seem all-consuming, please know that treatment is possible. There are several available treatments so it’s best to find the right option for your needs and preferences, especially since people with behavioral issues sometimes have a co-occurring mental illness or substance use disorder.
One effective way to cope with a behavioral issue is intensive outpatient therapy. During therapy, a mental health professional will help you to feel safe and supported, while exploring healthy ways to cope with negative emotions. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in particular, is considered to be an effective treatment for behavioral disorders and addictions because it helps a person to challenge and change their thoughts and beliefs.
Changing your behavior requires courage, commitment, and a strong care team. Charlie Health is here to listen to your needs, answer your questions, and match you with an appropriate treatment plan. Learn more today.