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A behavioural disorder can be a symptom of a mental disorder but not the other way round, which is pretty much what tkadm30 is saying. A mental disorder has involuntary consequences whereas the other could be either voluntary, involuntary or somewhere in between.



Disorders of the brain include both behavior disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. The primary difference between a behavior disorder and another type of psychiatric disorder is the presence of choice. Psychiatric conditions are considered to be involuntary while in behavior disorders, choices are essential. This is not to suggest that behavior disorders do not also have physical roots, however.

What Is a Behavior Disorder?
A behavior disorder is a disorder wherein conscious choice is necessary. The classic example of a behavior disorder is a substance-related disorder (such as substance abuse or substance dependence) as the person suffering from the disorder makes the conscious decision to use the substance. Another example of behavior disorders are eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.
What Is a Mental Disorder That Is Not a Behavior Disorder?
A mental disorder that is not behavioral in nature is something with symptoms that are considered to be involuntary (Adult Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders). Examples of these types of illnesses include Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder.
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