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EBD kids, issues with diagnosis

To what extent should children with Emotional Behavioral Disorder be held accountable for their conduct? Why do biological factors have such great appeal as explanations of deviant behavior?

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Biological factors have great appeal as explanations for deviant behavior because the diagnosis removes personal responsibility, and places blame for poor attitudes and behavior upon the biological "explanation." Because I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) I don't have to buckle down and study anything I don't want to study, because I have a disorder. Because I have been diagnosed with an emotional disorder, I don't have to learn to control my outbursts, and I can behave in any fashion I get the impluse to behave as, because I am not responsible, I have a disorder.

The fact remains that if people choose to live among society, with other humans, there are acceptable and unacceptable behaviors, regardless of anyone's diagnosis of disorders. I have been diagnosed with ADD as an adult. It is clear from my personal history that I had this condition as a child, also. ...

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Discussion of how a diagnosis both helps and hunders an individual with emotional behavioral disorder develop control and coping strategies in order to become successful in society.