Behavioural Disorders or related conditions can cause people to think, feel and behave in ways that may risk their own safety and the safety of others. Challenging behaviours can be complex and may involve socially inappropriate behaviours, withdrawal, hyperactivity, impulsivity, criminal activity or drug use. Behaviours can be disruptive and occur across multiple settings such as at home, school, work and in the community.

Assessing and identifying what underlying factors and conditions may be affecting a person’s behaviours can empower us to ensure the right therapy and supports are put in place.

Behavioural Disorders can include

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders including drug addiction
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Suicidal Behaviours
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders such as Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Behaviour Disorders are different to Psychological Disorders

Traditionally, utilising psychological interventions for behavioural disorders have been the default way of managing challenging behaviours.  In reality, only a small proportion of those with manifesting as behavioural disorders actually have psychological issues that respond to psychological therapies.  Knowing the underlying cause of the behaviour of concern is essential in identifying the root cause and therefore the appropriate interventions required.

Why Behavioural Disorders

need to be treated differently

to Psychological Disorders

Identifying behaviour of concern, especially at an early stage, can prevent the evolution of a behaviour to something more problematic.  Psychological interventions, while helpful, may not be able to fully address the underlying behaviours of concern especially if they are due to a neurocognitive disorder such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Intellectual Disability.

Early diagnosis and early intervention for Behaviour Disorders can potentially prevent the person from going down the criminal justice system.

Early diagnosis can also  improve early access to assistance. Early diagnosis also facilitates appropriate intervention for the individual and family or carers by adding appropriate support and/or respite, reducing carer burnout and improving overall functional capacity of the individual.

Early intervention for children of schooling age may impact their ability to remain in mainstream schools, to integrate better socially, and may also increase their capacity to mitigate their own functional and behavioural deficits.

We can help!

The Shrink Academy has specialised clinicians with a broad range of skills and experience in diagnosis, management, and intervention of Behaviour Disorders. As we have in-house clinicians in both Psychiatry, Psychology and Behavioural Support domains, we are able to provide a wraparound service for clients and their families.

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