Conduct Disorders in Children

Conduct disorders are characterised by repetitive and persistent patterns of antisocial, aggressive or defiant behaviour that is more frequent and severe than other children of their age.

Main key symptoms of conduct disorder in children

The most common type of conduct disorder in children aged 10 years and under is known as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

Children with ODD show the following signs:

• Frequent or severe temper tantrums
• Arguing with adults
• Actively defying or refusing adults’ requests or rules
• Deliberately doing things that annoy other people
• Blaming others for their own mistakes or misbehaviour
• Touchy or easily annoyed by others
• Seeming angry or resentful.
• Seeming spiteful or vindictive.

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