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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’


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