Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are considered Disruptive Behavior Disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). 

Conduct Disorder

Conduct Disorder is a continual pattern of behavior by an individual in which the basic rights of others or rules of society are violated. The patterns of behavior fall into four (4) categories: aggression to people and animals, for example, the patient often bullies, threatens, or intimidates other people and initiates fights, the patient may carry around a weapon, such as a bat, and has been physically cruel to both humans and animals; destruction of property, for example, the patient deliberately sets fires or destroys other’s property; deceitfulness or theft, for example, breaking into other people’s car or house and lying often to others; and serious violations of rules, for example, staying out all night, running away from home overnight, and skipping school often. 

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is defined as the recurrent pattern of negativistic, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures. Some of the behaviors characterized by the child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder are: losing his temper; arguing with adults; actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules of adults; deliberately annoying others; blaming others for his mistakes and misbehavior; very touchy and easily annoyed by others; very angry and resentful; and often times spiteful and vindictive. These behavior problems lead to further problems in school, home and social situations.

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