Conduct disorder (CD) is an emotional and behavioral disorder. Children violate the rights of others or major norms of society. CD can make it hard to follow rules. They tend to be behave in a way that isn’t socially acceptable for their age.
There isn't a certain cause for CD. One or both of these may be linked to it:
This area of the brain is associated with appropriate social behavior. A combination of genetics affecting this area and life experiences may cause conduct disorder.
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CD is most common in boys younger aged 7 to 18 years old.
The chances of CD are also higher for:
CD may cause your child to:
You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. Your child may need psychiatric testing. CD is based on how your child acts with others and within social norms.
Care involves one or more of these:
If you think your child has problems, talk to their doctor. Finding and treating them early will help lower the chances of problems getting worse as they get older.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Mental Health America
Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Canadian Mental Health Association
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD Last Updated: 8/28/2018