Conduct Disorder: An Overview, Symptoms And Treatment

What Is Conduct Disorder? Conduct disorder is a serious behavioral issue that develops in teens and children. It is completely normal for teens and children to have behavior-related issues from time to time. However, when these behaviors violate others and last for a long time, then they could indicate a serious problem.

How Many Children Are Affected by Conduct Disorder?

It is estimated that anywhere from 2 to 16 percent of American children have this condition. Conduct disorder is more common in boys than in girls.  This condition typically develops in late childhood or during the early teen years.

What Are Some of The Symptoms of Conduct Disorder?

A child or teen who is affected with this condition may engage in aggressive and harmful behavior, such as bullying, fighting, being cruel to animals and using weapons. Children and teens who have conduct disorder may also engage in destructive behavior, such as vandalism and deliberately setting fire to someone else’s property. Furthermore, teens with this problem have a tendency to lie, run away, skip school and engage in sexual activity at a young age. Many people with this disorder do not seem to care about how their behavior is affecting others.

What Causes Conduct Disorder?

This is a very complex condition. The exact causes of it are not known. However, experts believe that there are a variety of biological, psychological, genetic and environmental factors that make a person more susceptible to developing this problem. A chemical imbalance in the brain can put a person at risk for developing conduct disorder. People who have other psychological problems, such as an anxiety disorder, depression or ADHD are more likely to develop this condition.

Children who were raised with harsh or inconsistent discipline are more likely to develop this problem. A dysfunctional family life can also increase a person’s chances of developing this problem.  Furthermore, there has been evidence to suggest that children who have a family history of mental illnesses will be more likely to develop this condition themselves.

I think my child may have conduct disorder. What do I do now?

Many children and teens who have this problem respond to treatment. If you suspect that you child has this problem, then you should contact us today so that you can get a free consultation. We will be more than happy to assist you. We’re here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at or call us today.