Behavior Disorders Acronyms Behavioral Issues Abbreviations

It can be a little overwhelming when dealing with the virtual alphabet soup of acronyms one runs across when dealing kids with special needs due to behavioral issues. Whether it’s ADD, ED/BD, or ODD, parents just don’t know where to start when it comes to confronting all these abbreviations.

The first thing to do is make sure that one understands the terminology being used. We can help break down these abbreviations. The final letter D in most of these behavior related problem acronyms stands for the word “disorder.”

ADD means Attention Deficit Disorder while ADHD means the same thing with the addition of the H standing for Hyperactivity. Sometimes you see the two acronyms combined with a hypen in between. That usually means the writer is talking about concepts that apply to kids with ether diagnosis. ED and BD simply mean Emotional Disorder and Behavioral Disorder. They are frequently diagnosed and treated together. A newer term, ODD, translates to Oppositional Defiance Disorder. CD in this context means Conduct Disorder.

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