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How is conduct disorder diagnosed?

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If the doctor can't find a physical cause for the symptoms, they'll likely refer the child to a specialist who diagnoses and treats mental illnesses in children and teens. They use specially designed interview and assessment tools. A diagnosis is based on reports of the child's symptoms and their observation of the child's attitudes and behavior. The doctor will often rely on reports from the child's parents, teachers, and other adults, too.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Conduct Disorder."

MedlinePlus: "Conduct Disorder."

HealthyChildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Conduct Disorder."

MedlinePlus: "Conduct Disorder."

HealthyChildren.org: "Disruptive Behavior Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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