Disruptive behavioral disorders include two kinds of disorders: oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD). Most often shown in childhood, symptoms of these disorders range from defying of authority to angry outbursts and other antisocial behaviors, such as lying or stealing. It is said that the two disorders lie somewhat on a spectrum, depending on the severity of the symptoms exhibited. The following outline the key differences between each disorder:

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

  • Loses temper easily
  • Argues with adults by actively denying complying with adults’ requests or rules
  • Purposefully annoys people
  • Blames others for mistakes or misbehavior
  • Easily annoyed by others
  • Often spiteful or vindictive

Conduct disorder (CD)

  • Aggression towards people and/or animals
  • Destruction of property
  • Lying, stealing, skipping school
  • Forcing others into sexual activity
  • Setting fires

There is often confusion of whether attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is involved with either of these disorders; it may accompany them, but not all the time. The main difference between ADHD, ODD, and CD are how the child reacts to their environment and if they deliberately seek out trouble.

There are a variety of causes for these disorders. Biological factors such as genetics can certainly play a part, as well as environmental factors such as whether a child experienced abuse or neglect, chaotic environments, parental criminality, exposure to violence and more. A child may also become more apt to develop one of these disorders if they naturally have difficulty coping with challenging situations or have problems in dealing with frustration.

There are many treatment options available for these disorders including parent training, behavioral family therapy, skills-based intervention and medication. If you believe that a loved one may have a disruptive behavioral disorder, reach out to seek help today. With the help of a reputable treatment center, your loved one may be able to learn proper coping mechanisms and ways of behaving that may reduce harmful thoughts and behaviors before they escalate.

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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