Conduct disorder is a behavioral and mental health disorder in children and teens that can have serious consequences. A person with conduct disorder often has violent tendencies, difficulty following rules, and displays a lack of empathy or emotion toward others. Conduct disorder is said to be a precursor to antisocial personality disorder. Conduct disorder is diagnosed when the child or teens behavior of violence/disregard for others is pervasive and disrupts functioning i.e. at school, home, or in social settings. Children or teens with conduct disorder may present as irritable, have frequent tantrums, and have an inability to recognize the harm their behavior causes.
Conduct disorder is rare but serious. If you are concerned that your child might have conduct disorder, contact Mindful for a comprehensive assessment today. Treatment may include psychotherapy and medication management as well as behavioral skills training.