Conduct Disorder

Externalized negative behaviors that co-occur during childhood are described as disruptive behavior disorder: Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) as: “Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Disorders”. There are three subgroups that adolescences are diagnosed with. They are oppositional defiant disorder (ODD); conduct disorder (CD), and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of these three disorders are similar. A child that has ADHD has a higher chance of being diagnosed with either ODD or CD.
Loss of temper, frequent arguing and defying an adults request and rules are behavior symptoms that could diagnosed as ODD. ODD is defined as patterns of negative, hostile and defiant behavior lasting at least six month: Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) as: “Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Disorders”. ODD has four categorized groups and two subtypes. The categories are aggressive conduct that causes or threatens physical harm, non-aggressive conduct that results in property damage, deceitfulness or theft, and violations of laws and rules. The two subtypes are childhood onset and adolescent onset. ODD is more often seen in children before puberty that have poor peer relationships. It’s also seen more in males.
“Approximately 6 to 16 percent of boys and two to 9 percent of girls meet the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder,” (Searight,H.R., Rottnek, F., Abby, S.L. 2001). Persistent violation of rules and antisocial behavior are characteristics of a child with CD. Other symptoms may include aggression, frequent lying, running away from home and destruction of property.   The severity and incidence will increase from childhood to adolescence.   CD may also impact public health because it incrassates the instances of already problematic issues such as violence, weapon use, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.   Adolescent behaviors are sometimes more social such as joining a gang or stealing. 40% of childhood onset conduct often develops into adult antisocial personality...