What is a ‘behavioural disorder’?

‘The number of attendances of children at A&E with psychiatric conditions is up 8% to 18,673 in 2014-15, compared with 17,278 last year. That is double the 9,328 total of 2010-11. The number then going on to hospital wards has also risen: last year there were 12,309 admissions of under-18s in which the primary diagnosis was “mental and behavioural disorders”, against 12,126 the previous year’

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/26/child-mental-health-accident-and-emergency-nhs

Is it right to describe a psychiatric condition in a person aged under eighteen, as a ‘behavioural disorder’?

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I was awarded my PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in December 2013. My thesis explored the notions of origin and ellipsis in the writing of contemporary British novelist Hilary Mantel. I want this blog to express the ideas I have in and around my academic writing. View all posts by ejpollard

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