• What
  • Symptoms
  • Causes
  • Risk Factors
  • When to Seek Help
  • Diagnosed
  • Treatment

What is Problem Behaviour?

Problem behaviours are typically characterized as non-acceptable. In our daily life, there are several moments of disturbing behaviours or in judgemental error. However a victim with the condition experiences it in a consistent pattern.

Severity of the condition varies with one person to another. Problem behaviour can easily happen to children and adults. Victims with the condition require medical intervention to find relief from the symptoms

What are the Symptoms of Problem Behaviour?

Victim with problem behaviour shows several symptoms which are:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Disobedient behaviour
  • Heedlessness
  • Lack of interest on daily life
  • Emotional uniformity
  • Unnecessary, disturbing talking
  • Hoarding useless objects
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Exaggerated self-esteem
  • Egotism
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Judgemental errors
  • Damage to property
  • Self-injury

Condition can range from emotional absence to emotional aggressiveness. Behaviour problems show different characteristics among boys and girls. For instance, boys with the condition may fight, destroy things or steal, however with girls, they lie or run away from their house. In either case, both types of victims are highly prone to drug and alcohol abuse

What Causes Problem Behaviour?

The condition can arise due to several reasons. Consultant psychologist need to evaluate the victim with problem behaviour to recognize the cause.

The cause for the condition can be a life event or a family situation. Victim might have a family conflict, financial struggle leading to poverty, feeing nervous, or to face death of a loved one. With aging, a person can have dementia which can also impact a person’s behaviour.

Common conditions which can lead to problem behaviour are, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Delirium
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse

What are the Risk Factors for Problem Behaviour?

A person is more prone to be a victim of the condition when suffers from a chronic and mental health conditions.

Few conditions are linked with the genetic. Parents who face the following condition are more prone to have children with problem behaviour concerns:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anti-social disorder
  • Mood disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse

It doesn’t entail that; the condition cannot arise from families without any of the mentioned conditions.

When to Seek Professional Help?

The condition can lead to medical emergency when the victim shows behaviours such as:

  • Suicide tendency
  • Hallucinations
  • Harming oneself or others
  • Violence threats

Consulting a professional help is required if any of your loved ones experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Criminal behaviour
  • Social withdrawal
  • Engaging in frightening, maltreatment, or impulsive behaviours
  • Unnecessarily feeling loneliness
  • Animal cruelty
  • Low or no interest in school work

How is Problem Behaviour Diagnosed?

Consultant psychologist can easily evaluate the victim with problem behaviour. Victim will be asked for health history and the consultant psychologist will listen to the victim. Consultant psychologist will ask few question which includes but not limited to:

  • When did you first felt the behaviour change?
  • How long does the behaviour last?
  • How does it impact the people around you?
  • Have you encountered any life changing or transitions which lead to change in behaviour?

After the sitting with the victim, consultant psychologist can pinpoint the causes for the behaviour changes.

How is Problem Behaviour Treated?

Consultant psychologist treats the victim with the condition by diagnosing its causes. Victims who posses self harming tendency may need to stay at the hospital for safety of the person.

Additional treatments for problem behaviour include:

  • Counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Conflict resolution classes
  • Parenting skills classes
  • Medications


We’ve experienced practising clinical hypnotherapist, consultant psychologist and Forensic Hypnologist in our team to work with people with a full range of mental health problems and emotional distress.

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