Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder (CD) refers to a set of problem behaviours exhibited by children and adolescents, which may involve the violation of a person, their rights or their property. It is characterised by aggression and, sometimes, law-breaking activities.

CD is one of a group of behavioural disorders known collectively as disruptive behaviour disorders. Early intervention and treatment is important, since children with untreated CD are at increased risk of developing a range of problems during their adult years including substance use, personality disorders and mental illnesses.

The characteristics of conduct disorder
Some of the typical behaviours of a child with CD may include:

  • Refusal to obey parents or other authority figures
  • Criminal behaviour such as Stealing, lighting fires, breaking into houses and vandalism
  • Constantly lying
  • Repeated Truancy
  • Lack of empathy for others
  • Deliberate cruelty to animals and/or humans
  • Disregard for other people‚Äôs property and self
  • Keenness to start physical fights
  • Using weapons in physical fights

Source: Better Health Channel

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