It's certainly normal for children to disobey or refuse to listen to their parents from time to time; however, a pattern of consistent defiance, arguing, and anger is a sign that a child may be struggling with a disruptive behavior disorders. Children with these difficulties are often the source of significant stress for the whole family and pose a significant challenge for parents. To make matters worse, typical parenting techniques are often ineffective with children with this level of disruptive behavior. Instead, most parents report that they find themselves in frequent conflict with their child, repeating themselves multiple times to get their child to do something, yelling or raising their voice, and struggling to get along.
Prevalence rates for disruptive behavior problems in children vary. Although prevalence estimates of ADHD range from 2-18%, in more recent studies the prevalence of ADHD was approximately 2% among 5-15 year-olds. The prevalence of other disruptive behavior problems, including conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder is approximately 6%. Although some parents believe that children will eventually "outgrow" these disruptive behavior problems, this pattern of behavior often worsens over time, potentially interfering with making and keeping friends, academic functioning, and family relationships . Additionally, there is also a common link between disruptive behavior and symptoms of ADHD in children. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged to seek early intervention for children with disruptive behavior, as treatment is most effective with younger children, particularly those under the age of 8.
Visit our resource library to find articles and links with more information.
Give us a call at 212-246-5740, or contact us online for more information.
Find out what you need to know as a first-time visitor to the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD).