Diagnosis and Management of Behavioral Disorders in Children


Behavioral complaints in children are very common chief complaints in the primary care setting. From toddlers to adolescents, behavioral concerns are common, and often attributed to attention deficit disorder (ADD) by parents and primary care providers alike. While ADD is a common diagnosis, it’s not always the correct one! There are a number of disorders that produce behavioral symptoms, some responsive to medication therapy and others not. This program differentiates behavioral complaints due to attention deficit disorder (ADD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and conduct disorder (CD). Clinical pearls of assessment, diagnostic criteria, and management strategies – both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic – are analyzed using case study presentation.