Conduct disorder is a disorder of childhood and adolescence that involves long-term (chronic) behavior problems, such as:
Conduct disorder has been associated with:
The diagnosis is more common among boys.
It is hard to know how common the disorder is, because many of the qualities needed to make the diagnosis (such as "defiance" and "rule breaking") can be hard to define. For an accurate diagnosis, the behavior must be far more extreme than simple adolescent rebellion or boyish enthusiasm.
Conduct disorder is often associated with attention-deficit disorder. Both conditions carry a risk for alcohol or other drug addiction.
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