There is no sharp line between what is considered normal or abnormal behavior; however, mental health professionals often look at how a person is able to function in society. When a person is unable to cope with life demands or perform the behaviors and tasks necessary for daily living, such as self-care, or meaningful interaction with others, they may be described as exhibiting abnormal or dysfunctional behavior.
Abnormal Behavior and Failure to Function
The following characteristics can be used to determine if a person is displaying a failure to function adequately. While experiencing any one from the list below may indicate the person may benefit from a psychological assessment and possible treatment, displaying several of these behaviors may be causing enough of a disruption in life that other people are recommending either medical or psychiatric evaluation.
- Maladaptive behaviors or being a danger to themselves or others
- Unpredictability and loss of control
- Irrational behavior
- Behaviors that cause others to be uncomfortable
- Feeing personally distressed over behaviors
- Behaviors that violate social, cultural, or moral standards
- Feeling like you are suffering emotionally
- Expressing incomprehensible or distorted thoughts or ideas
- Behaviors or ideas that occur only rarely in society
Normal Behaviors in Comparison to Abnormal Ones
It is sometimes easier to define what is normal and look at what deviates from that point. When looking at characteristics considered necessary to mental health the following list includes criteria that can be regarded as a base point for normal or ideal:
- Positive view of self
- The capability for growth and development of self
- Feeling of autonomy and independence
- Accurate perception of reality
- Positive friendships and relationships
- Ability to meet the changing demands of day-to-day life situations
Abnormal Psychiatric Evaluations
If you or your loved ones feel you are having difficulty functioning in daily life, are finding your behaviors and thoughts distressing, or are experiencing trouble in social situations, call Dr. Hege for a confidential appointment today and bring your life back to a comfortable place.