Essay on Behavior Disorders

1064 Words Apr 3rd, 2006 5 Pages
Behavior Disorders (Emotional Disturbance Pg 207-210)

I. Facts:
* Behavior disorders include mental health problems with a focus on behaviors that both identify emotional problems and create interpersonal and social problems for children and adolescents in the course of their development.

* Currently, students with such disorders are categorized as having a serious emotional disturbance, which is defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 101-476, as follows:
"...a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects educational performance--
A. An inability to learn that cannot be explained by
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• Serious rule violations, such as staying out at night when prohibited, running away from home overnight, or often being truant from school.

4. Anxiety Disorders

*Facts: Unpleasant and unwarranted feelings of apprehension sometimes accompanied by physiologic symptoms. Types include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social or simple phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder

*Characteristics:
• Restlessness or feeling on edge
• Irritability
• Being easily fatigued
• Difficulty concentrating
• Muscle tension
• Sleep disturbance
5. Eating Disorders
*Facts: Eating disorders are abnormal eating behaviors, which include anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is defined as the refusal to reach or to keep a weight that is considered to be the minimum required for a person's height and age. Bulimia is an eating pattern of repeated occurrences of binge eating followed by attempts to keep from gaining weight. Types include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and compulsive eating.
*Characteristics:
• Unhealthy restriction of food
• Weight loss amounting to more than fifteen percent (15%) of a person's usual weight
• Heightened fear associated with weight gain
• Misperception about body thinness, shape, or weight
• Absence of menstrual cycles in females
• Binge eating
• Self-induced vomiting
• Overuse of laxatives
• Inappropriate use of diuretics
• Inappropriate use

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