Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder (CD) is a frequently occurring psychiatric disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of aggressive and non-aggressive rule breaking antisocial behaviors that lead to considerable burden for the patients themselves, their family and society.

The primary diagnostic features of conduct disorder include aggression, theft, vandalism, violations of rules and/or lying. For a diagnosis, these behaviors must occur for at least a six-month period.

The essential features of conduct disorder are a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior through which the basic rights of others and major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated.

Four general categories of symptoms of conduct disorder:
1.Aggressive behavior
2.Destructive behavior
3.Deceitful behavior
4.Violation of rules

Conduct disorder has a multifactorial etiology that includes biologic, psychosocial and familial factors.

There are three subtypes:
*conduct disorder confined to the family context,
*unsocialized conduct disorder, where the young person has no friends and is rejected by peers), and
*socialized conduct disorder (where peer relationships are normal).
Conduct Disorder

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