Behavior Disorders Specialist

Memphis Neurology

Neurology Specialists located in Germantown, TN & Southaven, MS

Behavior disorders often appear in childhood or adolescence and may persist into adulthood. Board-certified neurologist Shiva Natarajan, MD, and the team at Memphis Neurology treat behavior disorders in patients of all ages at two convenient locations in Germantown, Tennessee, and Southaven, Mississippi. For a holistic and integrative approach to treating behavior disorders, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Behavior Disorders Q&A

What are common behavior disorders?

Behavior disorders can change the way you or your child interacts with the world. Many behavior disorders affect your ability to communicate, learn, and think clearly. 

Memphis Neurology works with patients ranging from infants to mature adults who have a variety of behavior disorders, including:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) involves a pattern of behaviors that may include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, or all three. ADHD that causes primarily inattentive symptoms without hyperactivity and impulsivity used to be called attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder causes difficulties with communication and behavior that may interfere with functioning at work, school, and in personal relationships. Autism is a spectrum disorder because there’s a wide variety of symptoms and severity.

Mood disorders

Many mood disorders affect behavior, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression related to substance abuse. Certain treatments and medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, may also affect mood. 

Who is at risk for behavior disorders?

The specific causes of various behavior disorders are still unknown. A combination of genetic and environmental factors may increase the risk of a behavior disorder. 

Most of the time, behavior disorders develop in childhood. They often continue into adulthood and may affect adults for the first time in some cases. 

Your pediatrician may suspect a behavior disorder based on your child’s ability to meet developmental milestones in a timely manner. If you or your primary physician is concerned about a behavior disorder, they may refer you to the expert team at Memphis Neurology for a comprehensive evaluation. 

What treatments are available for behavior disorders?

The highly trained team at Memphis Neurology provides an integrative, holistic approach to treating behavior disorders. They carefully review your specific needs and then create a personalized treatment plan. 

Common treatments for behavior disorders include medications, talk therapy, or a combination of both. In addition to conventional treatments, the team at Memphis Neurology may recommend alternative therapies like stress management techniques, behavioral interventions, and support groups. 

To learn more about your options for treating behavior disorders, call Memphis Neurology or book an appointment online today.