Children and teens who have conduct disorder behave in defiant
and disruptive ways, such as violating social rules or hurting other people,
for a period of 6 months or longer.
Younger children who have
oppositional defiant disorder are sometimes later diagnosed with conduct
disorder. Adults who have antisocial personality disorder often showed signs of
a conduct disorder in childhood.
Children and teens with conduct
Harm or threaten to harm other people or
animals, by bullying or threatening people, initiating physical fights, or
being cruel to animals.
Cause property damage or loss, by
deliberately causing a fire or otherwise destroying property.
cheat, or steal, by breaking into someone's house, shoplifting, and/or lying to
obtain things that they want or to avoid consequences.
household or social rules, by staying out at night without permission from
their parents, running away from home, or being absent from school without
Treatment may include training for parents on how to handle
the child or teen's behavior, counseling for the child or teen, family
counseling, and a special treatment plan in school. Some children and teens who
have conduct disorder have other conditions such as attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, or anxiety, which also may need to
be identified and treated.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics