Symptoms & Signs
- Antisocial behaviors, such as bullying and fighting
- Breaking rules without apparent reason
- Cruel or aggressive behavior toward people and animals (fights, using dangerous weapons, forced sexual activity, mugging, or purse snatching)
- Destruction of property (deliberately setting fires, breaking and entering, destroying other people’s property)
- Heavy drinking and/or heavy illicit drug use
- Lying to get a favor or avoid obligations
- Running away
- Truancy (beginning before age 13)
Diagnosis & Tests
Some of the common signs of conduct disorder are:
- Staying out at night without concern for curfew or other limits
These children often make no effort to hide their aggressive behaviors and have difficulty making close friends. The diagnosis is made based on a history of these kinds of behaviors.
Review Date : 1/15/2009
Reviewed By : Christos Ballas, MD, Attending Psychiatrist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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