Behavioral Issues

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Behavioral Issues

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There are almost no human beings on this planet that can claim they have never done something dumb or ill-advised. In fact, there is a reason that the famous saying goes: “To err is human…”

However, most of us can avoid doing the same harmful or reckless things time and again. And yet there are people who continuously find themselves in trouble, as they commit acts that put themselves – and others – in trouble or danger. For years, we thought of these people as being deficient in character, but it turns out that continued behavioral issues may be a sign of physical concerns that lead to emotional distress and thus impulsive and negative behavior. And traditional psychiatry has proven helpful in addressing the underlying causes of behavioral issues.

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How behavioral issues work

Behavioral issues can begin to show themselves at any age, but it often first presents in childhood and adolescence. Know that it is to be expected that your child may occasionally get into trouble for interrupting class or have a conflict that boils over. The same goes for adults who are occasionally impulsive, negative, manipulative, or angry.

But when patterns form, and the adult or child gets into trouble or conducts themselves in manners that affect their school, work, or social life, then something deeper may be at fault and should be explored with the help of a mental health professional.

Behavioral issues can also worsen with age – even into seniority – so it bears watching a loved one who may have increasing concerns no matter their age.

Most children will grow out of their emotional concerns. However, that is not always the case, and parents should be on the lookout for core symptoms and real warning signs of a deeper-lying issue than the impulsiveness of youth. That’s because regular behavioral issues could be the physical and emotional expression of mental health disturbances such as conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, or anger issues (such as intermittent explosive disorder).


Symptoms to look out for include:


  • Continual aggression or anger
  • Regular impulsive tendencies
  • Compulsive tendencies
  • Often negative
  • Nervousness
  • Manipulative tendencies
  • Disruptive or inappropriate behavior
  • Inattention
  • Defiance
  • Antisocial behavior


If these issues go untreated or are misdiagnosed, you could be facing serious concerns for your child or loved one of any age, as they will most likely lead to diminished learning and even possible reprimand or expulsion. It will also set an adult up for failure in the work field and could lead to substance or alcohol abuse, social dysfunction (at the cost of friends and significant others), poor health (such as obesity), or even hoarding, trouble with the law or suicidal thoughts or actions.

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How psychiatry works to treat behavioral issues

Because behavioral issues could stem from several different sources, a trained and board-certified psychiatrist will work to determine exactly why his patient suffers from mental health concerns.

Behavioral issues could be the result of physical trauma, such as a brain injury. Some people are also genetically inclined toward behavioral concerns. Meanwhile, psychological and social issues could be at fault. For instance, stressful or dramatic life events – or even a dysfunctional upbringing – could be at fault. Yet other reasons for the pattern of behavior could include growing up in poverty or poor nutrition.

And because behavioral problems encompass a wide range of actions and emotions, a psychiatrist will work to discover each layer and determine a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient – one that will produce the most meaningful results. And because some patients behave the way they due to activity patterns within the brain, a highly trained and careful psychiatrist will work with that knowledge at heart.

How Bridgepoint works to help you

An accurate and in-depth diagnosis is key to successful treatment (and thus improvement of) behavioral issues, and Bridgepoint mental healthcare professionals approach each case with this understanding.

We will not look for a quick answer in prescription medications, instead working to identify each and every possible reason for the behavior problem. And because we understand all of the possible reasons for the issues, we will be able to conduct our care quickly and thoroughly so that we can find a solution – and help put an end to any mental health suffering.


Get help today and change your life

Bridgepoint clinicians understand the intricate and very real nature of behavioral issues and how best to address the reasons that patients suffer from this issue.

If you are concerned about behavioral issues, please do not hesitate to call our offices today and schedule an appointment with our caring professionals. We will ensure that you get the assistance and mental health support that you need. We can set up an in-office appointment or talk with you over a tele-health visit to get started.


Contact us at our offices in Smyrna between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 770-858-5377.

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Bridgepoint encourages clinicians, patients, and their loved ones to research new methodologies and techniques to improve mental health and wellbeing. To assist with your own learning, we’ve put together a variety of resources on a variety of topics – including genomics – to help you on your mental health journey.

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