Conduct Disorder in Children and Adolescents

ICD-10 Code:

Childhood-onset type: F91.1

Adolescent-onset type: F91.2

Unspecified onset: F91.9

Conduct Disorder is part of a cluster of diagnoses called the disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders. Disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that include:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder

These disorders are characterized by the presence of difficult, aggressive, or antisocial behavior. It is often associated with physical or verbal injury to the self, others, or objects or with violating the rights of others (e.g., destruction of property). These behaviors can appear in several forms and can be defensive, premeditated or impulsive. Individuals with disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders may have an irritable temperament, be impulsive or inattentive, be defiant towards adults, be aggressive towards peers, and lack problem solving skills. They may also have a coercive interaction style and lack social skills.

Oppositional defiant disorder is defined as defiant, hostile, and disobedient behavior, usually directed at authority figures. Intermittent explosive disorder is explosive outbursts of anger, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. Conduct disorder is repetitive and persistent aggression toward others in which the basic rights of others are violated. Disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders appear to have addictive properties as they tend to have strong aspects of compulsion, craving, loss of control, and hedonistic release.

What is Conduct Disorder?

Conduct Disorder is a behavioral disorder that affects 4% of children and adolescents.

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Understanding Conduct Disorder

The first significant symptoms of conduct disorder are usually seen from middle childhood to middle adolescence. Onset is rare after 16 years of age. Symptom behaviors that emerge first tend to be less serious (e.g., lying, shoplifting), whereas conduct problems that emerge last tend to be more severe (e.g., rape, theft while confronting a victim).

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How is conduct disorder treated?

Conduct Disorder is treatable. Published treatment guidelines for conduct disorder include those from American Family Physician, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

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