Elena Darmenko

Expat Psychotherapist

Behavioral Issues.
Basics, Types and Effective Treatment

Signs of Behavioral Issues – Don't Miss Red Flags
Behavioral issues, or better say behavioral disorders, have a significant impact on person's life. Whether you've been diagnosed as a child, the situation might become worse if you live an expat life. As an expat psychologist I know that there're unique, and often unexpected, pressures associated with living abroad can come as a shock, which could lead to mental health issues.

Don't worry – it's a common situation but feeling worse than usual is a big red flag for seeking professional help. Don't suffer alone!

Behavioral Issues – some most common ones

In my own practice I've created a list of the most common behavioral issues I'm working with. It doesn't mean they are the most common in expat community – it means that people suffering from those disorders tend to ask for a professional assistance. I should be honest – if you haven't received any treatment as a child, it usually takes longer time in your adulthood.

But again, don't worry! As a CBT therapist I'll teach you self-management, you will know as much as possible about your case and get effective techniques for everyday use.

So, the most common behavioral issues I work with are the following:

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is really the most common one among children, adolescents, and adults. The main principle here – the earlier you started your treatment – the better.

- Emotional Behavioral Disorder affects person's ability to be happy and control their emotions. This usually leads to the feeling of a constant unhappiness and depression, making a significant impact on interpersonal relationships.

- Behavioral Addiction, which occurs when your brain associates pleasure and activates its reward mechanism when engaging in a particular activity. This may include gambling, sex, internet, shopping, plastic surgery, binge eating, etc.

Signs of Behavioral Issues – Don't Miss Red Flags

There are some common emotional and physical symptoms of behavioral issues, which may vary from person to person. Emotional "red flags" may include easily getting annoyed or nervous, often appearing angry, having difficulty in handling frustration, etc.

Unlike other types of health issues, a behavioral issue has mostly emotional symptoms, with physical symptoms such as a fever, rash, or headache being absent. However, sometimes people suffering from a behavioral issue might develop a substance abuse problem, which could show physical symptoms such as burnt fingertips, shaking or bloodshot eyes, etc.

Treating Behavioral Issues

No matter what behavioral issues you're suffering from, I can help you to manage your symptoms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy along with medication is an effective way to treat behavioral issues. The sooner you get help, the easier it will be to restore your life to normal.