Conduct Disorder

Conduct Disorder Defined:
Conduct disorders are behavioral problems in children and adolescents. These young people have a hard time following rules and behaving in socially acceptable ways. Because they are often viewed as "bad" or "delinquent," they receive a negative reaction from others, causing them to behave even worse. Causes of such severe behavioral problems in children are unknown but may include brain damage, child abuse, growth defects, negative family and social experiences, and failure in school. Some children with a Conduct Disorder also have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (See ADHD) or Depression (See Depression).

Symptoms/Signs of Conduct Disorder:

  • General Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents
  • Physical and Verbal Aggression with Other Children and Adults
  • Bullying, Threatening, and Intimidation of Others
  • Fights with Others
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Problems with Appropriate Expression of Anger (see Anger Management)
  • Lying and Stealing
  • Destruction of Property
  • Violation of Rules
  • Sexual Misbehavior

BMS Treatment Options for Conduct Disorder:

Counseling Services oriented towards changing thinking patterns and behavioral problems in children and adolescents is usually needed in treatment for Conduct Disorder to help the child learn how to express and control anger more appropriately. Family Outreach often comes into play for the child’s treatment for Conduct Disorder. Youngsters with learning disabilities may require remedial education, and parents may need expert assistance with special behavior management and education programs at home and at school. In some youngsters, Medication Management may be used in treatment for Conduct Disorder, especially with those who have difficulty paying attention and controlling themselves, or those with depression.

Contact Behavior Management Systems for an individual assessment on treatment for Conduct Disorder.

More Information about Conduct Disorder from the National Institutes of Health
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