Conduct disorder refers to age-inappropriate actions and attitudes that violate family expectations, society’s norms, and the personal or property rights of others. Children with conduct problems show a wide range of rule-violating behaviors, from swearing and temper tantrums to severe vandalism, theft, and assault. As part of growing up, most children and youth break the rules from time to time—they fight, skip school, break curfew, steal, and so on. However, the symptoms of conduct disorder must be frequent and severe enough to go beyond the mischief and pranks common among children and adolescents. These behaviors include aggression and cruelty toward people or animals, damaging property, lying, and stealing. Often the behavior is marked by callousness, viciousness, and lack of remorse. Children with conduct disorder often are unable to appreciate how their behaviour can hurt others and generally have little guilt or remorse about hurting others.
Worried that your child might have Conduct Disorder:
- Does your child show aggression towards people and/or animals by bullying or intimidating others, often initiating physical fights, or being physically cruel to animals?
- Has your child engaged in any form of stealing such as shoplifting, purse snatching, and/or robbery?
- Has your child deliberately set fires or destroyed property that belongs to others?
- Does your child often lie to manipulate others?
- Has your child run away from home / school or has been truant from school?
If you have said yes to most of the above, we might be able to help you.
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