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Behavioral Issues

Pediatric Care located in Midlothian, VA

Behavioral Issues

Behavioral Issues services offered in Midlothian, VA

Behavioral issues don’t just affect the child; they also create problems for the family. At Chesterfield Pediatrics in Midlothian, Virginia, the team of pediatric specialists offers diagnostic and treatment services for common childhood behavioral issues. Learn more during a personalized consultation, which you can book online or by phone today

Behavioral Issues Q&A

What are some common pediatric behavioral issues?

Children go through many physical, mental, and emotional changes. For some, behavioral issues are part of that journey. Parents and siblings often struggle to support and adapt to problematic behaviors.

Knowing where to turn can make the experience far easier for everyone. The specialists at Chesterfield Pediatrics assist families as they work toward healthy and balanced solutions.

Some of the behavioral issues common in children include:

  • Oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder

Determining the source of your child’s behavioral issues is the first step toward finding an effective treatment.

What are the signs of ADHD?

Knowing what to look for can help parents recognize when to seek support for these common behavioral issues. ADHD is categorized according to the behaviors presented.

 

Inattentive type

Children with this form of ADHD have a hard time maintaining focus. They struggle to complete tasks or follow instructions and might dislike school. Problems with distraction, forgetfulness, and patience are common.

 

Hyperactive/impulsive type

Children with this form of ADHD can’t easily remain in one place for very long. They tend to fidget and often climb, run, or jump in inappropriate settings. Many talk frequently, including interrupting others, and have difficulty waiting their turn during play.

Some kids display symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive ADHD. If you notice any of these behaviors, book a diagnostic exam to learn more.

 

How do I know if my child is experiencing behavioral issues like anxiety or depression?

Children can experience anxiety or depression, but many parents don’t recognize the symptoms right away. Childhood is a time of heightened emotion, and all kids go through periods of intense excitement, fearfulness, and sadness.

When a child has very specific or significantly acute fears, they might have anxiety. Seeing a spider, forced separation from parents, and loud, chaotic play can trigger anxiety attacks.

Kids with depression often withdraw and don’t get the same enjoyment from things they once loved. They might eat or sleep more or less than usual or express feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

If you’re concerned about your child’s behavioral issues, book a visit at Chesterfield Pediatrics by calling the office or requesting one online. 

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