Disruptive Behavior: Why it’s Often Misdiagnosed

It's easy to jump to the conclusion that a child who's pushing or hitting or throwing tantrums is angry, defiant or hostile. But in many cases disruptive, even explosive behavior stems from anxiety or frustration that may not be apparent to parents or teachers. This article takes a look at some of the diagnoses that are associated with disruptive behavior. It's crucial to understand what's really behind the behavior because, just as in medicine, the diagnosis will impact the appropriate treatment.

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