Conduct disorder (CD) consists of socially unacceptable, disruptive, and aggressive emotions and behaviors. These behaviors are usually discovered during childhood or adolescence, although they can appear at any age. People with conduct disorder may carry themselves with conviction but can act inappropriately without feeling any remorse. To outside observers, they appear angry, disobedient, and careless, but the behavior is caused by a mental health condition.
People with conduct disorder are usually aggressive and often refuse to follow the rules. They can be difficult to control and act without considering moral consequences. It is possible that someone with conduct disorder may harm others — for example, by bullying — and excessive drug or alcohol use is also a common concern. The symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe.
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