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Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Remember the little boy Ryan we met in the first page on emotional and behavioral disorders? Children and adolescents like Ryan show some of the following signs of Conduct Disorder:

  • Aggression to people and animals
  • Bullies, threatens or intimidates others
  • Initiates physical fights
  • Has used a weapon that could cause serious physical harm to others (e.g. a bat, brick, broken bottle, knife or gun)
  • Is physically cruel to people or animals
  • Steals from a victim while confronting them (e.g. assault)
  • Forces someone into sexual activity
  • Destruction of Property
  • Sets fires
  • Destroys property
  • Deceitfulness, lying, or stealing
  • Has broken into someone else's building, house, or car
  • Lies to obtain goods, or favors or to avoid obligations
  • Steals
  • Serious violations of rules
  • Runs away from home
  • Skips school

Oppositional Defiant Disorder could be considered simply a milder form of conduct disorder. Children with ODD argue with adults, lose their tempers often, blame others for their mistakes, refuses to comply with rules, deliberately annoys other people and is easily annoyed by others. This web page on Conduct Disorders and ODD gives a good example of a difference between ADHD and ODD.

"Children and adolescents with ADHD alone do things without thinking, but not necessarily oppositional things. An ADHD child may impulsively push someone too hard on a swing and knock the child down on the ground. She would likely be sorry she did this afterward. A child with ODD plus ADHD might push the kid out of the swing and say she didn't do it."

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