Treatment for Behavioural disorders
depression, anger, trauma, grief and anxiety
Although anyone at all can suffer from behavioural disorders such as depression, anger, trauma, grief or anxiety, there is still some stigma attached to treatment and rehabilitation. Here, we discuss behavioural disorders in general and offer advice for those affected.
What are behavioural disorders?
'Behavioural disorders' is an umbrella term for a range of mental issues that might include depression, trauma, grief or anxiety. Very often, these debilitating conditions co-occur with substance addiction or alcoholism. Because their brains are still developing, young adults are one of the groups most at risk. Other at-risk groups include adults who have lived in an institutional setting or those who have been abused or gone through a traumatic event. The Wave Clinic can offer personalised treatment for any type of behavioural disorder whatever your age or background. If you have concerns for yourself or for someone else do feel free to contact us at any time.
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Who has behavioural disorders?
Behavioural disorders can be lonely and confusing. And, although some people are more likely to suffer from a range of issues than others, disordered behaviour patterns can strike anyone at any time. A middle-class housewife is as likely to suffer from depression as city executive, an ex-soldier or a college student, for example. Sometimes, behavioural orders can be the result of traumatic events such as the loss of someone close. At other times, behavioural disorders can flare up with no warning as the result of a seemingly innocuous incident or perceived slight.
It's often difficult for people going through these frightening issues to talk about them, never mind ask for help. People who have behavioural disorders are no more able to control their impulses or feelings than those addicted to drugs or alcohol. However, you're more likely to enjoy sustained recovery and re-establish a calm and ordered way of life with professional help.
What are the best-known types of behavioural disorder?
Some behavioural disorders such as ADHD are more prolific in younger adults while others such as depression and anxiety have a much broader spectrum. Some of the most commonly treated types of disordered behaviour include:
Depression is perhaps the most well-documented behavioural disorder. It's estimated that as many as 1 in 6 people will suffer from depression to a lesser or greater degree at some point in their lives. Depression is characterised by loss of interest, low moods that can last for some time, very strong feelings of worthlessness, sadness, hopelessness or guilt, disturbed sleep patterns, poor concentration, loss of appetite and general feelings of apathy and listlessness. Symptoms can vary in severity from mild to moderate or severe. However, if left untreated, depression can result in the breakdown of relationships, inability to work or attend college, loss of sex drive or other sexual issues, the compulsion to self-harm or thoughts of suicide and death.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterised by, among other things, the inability to concentrate or remain still. Many people believe that ADHD only affects young children. However, it's a complex condition that can manifest itself in many ways and which affects each person differently. Although ADHD onset typically occurs at an early age, many sufferers who weren't diagnosed as children only discover that they have the condition when concentration and other issues become problematic in adulthood.
Everyone feels anxious occasionally but for some people anxiety may reach a stage where it becomes an invasive part of everyday life. People with anxiety disorders find themselves unable to cope well. They are constantly worried and on edge, and their condition can affect school or work or cause insomnia and physical health problems. Many sufferers also turn to substance abuse to try to mask their feelings of helplessness and inadequacy. Anxiety disorders can't really be compared with normal, occasional anxiety. Never to be taken lightly, these very serious mental health issues should always be treated by qualified professionals.
Other conditions that are classed as behavioural disorders or go hand in hand with other conditions include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)
- Trauma and Grief
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Learning disorders or difficulties
- Personal conduct issues such as anger, self-harming or exhibitionism
Some disorders share similar traits so making a definitive diagnosis can be difficult. That's why, at The Wave Clinic, we treat the whole person. We combine treatment and counselling with holistic and complementary therapies, psychotherapeutic support, physical activities and education in a programme that focuses on the client's individual needs.
Where to find help with behavioural disorders
You can contact The Wave Clinic at any time for confidential advice on any type of behavioural disorder. Based in a peaceful district of Kuala Lumpur, we offer clients a wide range of treatment options that address all of their personal needs. Our mid to long term residential treatment programmes last from 10 to 12 weeks, a period that's shown to be the most conducive to long-term wellness. Our structured programme allows clients to come to terms with underlying issues, re-learn behaviours and tackle co-existing conditions like substance addiction at their own pace.