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What are symptoms of conduct disorder?

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Symptoms of conduct disorder vary depending on the age of the child and whether the disorder is mild, moderate, or severe. In general, they fall into four categories:

Many kids with conduct disorder are also irritable, have low self-esteem, and tend to throw a lot of temper tantrums. Some may abuse drugs and alcohol. They often can't appreciate how their behavior can hurt others and generally have little guilt or remorse.

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Destructive behavior
  • Deceitful behavior
  • Violation of rules

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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