Behavioral Issues

Behavioral Issues is a non-specific term that is used commonly but lacks a precise meaning.  Nearly every psychiatric problem involves a combination of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive elements.  

Perhaps most commonly, professionals use the term behavioral issues as shorthand to refer to the disruptive or externalized disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and aggression problems. These problems also have emotional and cognitive components, but they are most memorable for the behavioral manifestations.

 For now, we include the term behavioral issues in the Kid Catch Directory because it is commonly used in other directories and in how many therapists describe their practice, but we aim to replace it eventually with more specific categories as we learn about the expertise of providers.


- Updated December 18, 2019