Conduct disorders (CDs) are defined as repetitive and persistent patterns of behavior in children and adolescence in which the rights of others or basic social rules are violated. CDs typically fall within a range of four categories: aggressive behavior, destructive behavior, deceitful behavior, and violation of rules. Many individuals with CD exhibit irritability, have a low self-esteem, and tend to throw frequent temper tantrums. Impulsivity is a common factor in CDs, as many children experience impulsive aggression.

A study conducted by researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem emphasized the importance of determining whether a child experiences predominantly impulsive aggression or premeditative aggression with their CD. Repeated testing and performance feedback can help determine this, as specialized treatment is needed in order to provide the best outcome. With impulsive aggression, a child may have difficulty controlling feelings of anger and may act quickly on how they feel without considering the consequences of their actions. Children who experience this issue may also experience problems related to school, substance abuse, injuries to self or others due to violent behavior, legal problems, sexually transmitted diseases, and death by suicide.

Uncontrollable urges mean that many individuals will experience cravings, loss of control and hedonistic release. In acting upon their urges, CDs have been said to affect people in an equivalent to an addiction – a sense of urgency is needed to act upon a thought or feeling, and a person reacts by completing an action, despite the negative affect it could have on themselves or others. If you have a loved one who exhibits symptoms of a CD, urge them to seek treatment.

Treatment for this typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of therapy that helps individuals to become aware of their behavioral triggers and strategies to control them. Medication may be prescribed, depending on the psychiatrist and what they feel best suits the patient’s needs. The sooner help is sought, the sooner you or your loved one may acquire the tools needed to gain better control over thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Make the decision to seek help today.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.



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