Conduct disorder (CD) is a severe behavioral and emotional condition that can occur in children and adolescents. Conduct disorder is characterized by hostile and sometimes physically violent behavior and a disregard for others and for following rules. People with CD often misinterpret the actions of others as being hostile or aggressive and respond by escalating the situation into conflict. Childhood and adolescent conduct disorder often develops into the adult antisocial personality disorder, and can be addressed with treatment, the earlier the treatment the better the outlook.
Behavior Characteristics of CD:
- Aggressive Behavior (bullying, hitting and biting, picking fights, hurting animals)
- Non-aggressive Behavior (vandalism, arson, destruction of property)
- Deceitful Behavior (theft, lying)
- Serious Rule Violation (running away from home, truancy, rule violations)