Problem with Behaviour

General or Other | Psychiatry | Problem with Behaviour (Symptom)


Problem behaviour is a troublesome, risk taking, or disruptive behaviour that is more extreme than occasional errors in judgment and requires professional intervention to avoid legal difficulties. Problem behaviour is often associated with adolescence but may manifest in the very young or in adults. Delinquency, drug use, academic failure, risky sexual behaviour, violence, property damage, vandalism and disregard of the rights of others are all problem behaviours.

Problem behaviour syndrome describes the co-occurrence of externalizing problems or externalizing problems and substance abuse. All children behave badly sometimes, but behaviour disorders go further than rebellion and mischief. In behaviour disorders, kids or teens show different patterns of hostile, aggressive or disruptive behaviours for more than six months. Problem behaviour syndrome should be dealt properly in early stages because it can cause many difficulties in further life.


Because of changes within the brain and social issues that contribute to lack of control, problem behaviour rises dramatically in early adolescence. The rate of problem behaviour tends to fall after age 23 years.

The associated causes of behavioural problems are hunger, ADHD, adjustment disorder, alcohol related disorders, autism, antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, head injury, psychosis, social anxiety disorder, Schizotypal personality disorder, Schizophrenia, tantrums, dementia, delirium, substance abuse disorders.

Family conflict, poverty, drug dependence, depression, anxiety or attention deficit disorder may be other underlying causes contributing to behavioural problems.