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Does A Bad Childhood Excuse Bad Behavior
No one simple answer: Due to the extremes in variability in ability to communicate in this multifaceted disorder, there is no one correct way to achieve the teaching you desire to correct bad behavior. Even the premise "bad behavior" is often in the eye of the beholder. Generally one must use the most effective communication form and direct the child away from the undesirable action. There can be many strategies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Redirection: As with most kids, trying to change what is happening at the moment by directing the child to do something different. We too often yell at kids for bad behavior, so pick your battles and save the important reprimands for major stuff. Most of the other behaviors should attempted to be changed by reinforcement of new projects or challenges. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cause or effect?: Brain surgery is done only for very severe disorders of the brain. The surgery is designed to remove a cause for one problem, but other problems may remain. Many children have bad behavior due to brain dysfunction that also causes epilepsy. Some epilepsy medications cause bad behavior. Being treated as a defective child may result in bad behavior. Surgery is rarely the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My boyfriend took an ecstacy pill once (1 small capsule, white form) last may and never again did. Is it the cause for his +paranoiaand bad behavior?
Ecstasy: What was actually in the pill your boyfriend thought was ecstasy, could have been mdma plus whatever the maker decided to put in there. Your boyfriend does not and cannot know. Ecstasy can damage serotonin receptors in the brain. I doubt this 1 pill is the complete explanation for his difficulties, and still suggest a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Ill people often abuse substances too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Explain human attraction between man and woman who are opposites. Why women who are good by nature are attracted to guys who have bad behavior?
Not really opposites: Many people suppress parts of themselves they're having difficulty with. They can attribute these to others, and/or gravitate to those who embody these unexpressed parts of themselves. The "good" girl may be ticked off inside at whoever she feels is requiring her to be good -- so goes for the "bad" guy who acts out her need to rebel. The "bad" guy likes being admired, so it works for awhile. :-). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Access to condoms: Allows for responsible behavior as an alternative to unprotected sex. If someone has little self discipline, it might make sense for that person to eliminate their options and temptations, such as not having junk food in the house. Condoms are not the temptation; privacy with a potential sex partner is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter coming home always late (middle of night ). She is 21 year old. How to handle her bad behavior?
No guaranteed ways: Unfortunately, nothing anyone suggests will have a 100% success rate. A lot rides on the person you're talking to but the way I handle it in our house is to remind whomever that while they're welcome to live in our house for as long as they want/need- they will ALWAYS be required to follow OUR RULES which include coming home well before streets get crazy dangerous. Don't like it? Move elsewhere. ...Read more
How can you differentiate between oppositional defiant disorder and just "bad" behavior in 4 year old boy?
What's "bad"?: Odd is a description of how a child interacts with others by being negative and resistant. "bad" is a moral judgment that can be associated with lots of behaviors. Unacceptable behaviors needed effective correction, hopefully from loving parents who see the good in their child even when the behavior is bad. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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