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Behavioral Issues

Duchenne is a complex disorder, and multiple factors need to be considered when seeking the source of a child’s behavioral problems, including:

  • Parental stress
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Social difficulties
  • Coping/independence issues
  • Medications (such as steroids)
  • Lack of sleep due to breathing problems

Autism and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are neurobehavioral disorders, which may also cause behavioral problems in young men with Duchenne.

(Information in this section was contributed, in part, by James Poysky, PhD. You can read Dr. Poysky’s entire document, Learning and Behavior in Duchenne, in our Education Matters section.)

In this section

Behavioral Issues by Stages
Opposition & Aggression
Social Interactions
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder

Related links

The psychology of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (download)

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