Conduct Disorder

        A repetitive and persistent destructive or hostile behavior pattern that violates the rights of others or deviates significantly from age-appropriate norms and rules may be diagnosed as conduct disorder. The conduct is far more serious than ordinary mischief and is often dangerous to the child or to others. Teenagers with a conduct disorder usually have trouble at home and/or school, are often sexually active at a young age; they may runaway from home, set fires, or commit crimes. Conduct disorder may be a manifestation of an underlying depression and is often accompanied by drug and alcohol abuse.

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