Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Conduct Disorder vs. Oppositional Defiant Disorder

For the Social Work Exam you want to make sure to remember the differences between, somewhat similar, DSM diagnoses. I always get confused with these two "labels". Just remember that Conduct Disorder (CD) is the extreme form of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Below is a list of childhood symptoms for each:
For at least the last 6 months there is continued hostile negative defiant behavior with episodes where the child loses their temper, angry, vengeful, easily annoyed, argumentative, defies rules, blames others for mistakes, and/or annoys others intentionally.

A child must show 3 major symptoms in the last 3 months with a major symptom occurring in the last 6 months. These behaviors impair the child's social/school life. The symptoms are aggression towards people and/or animals, theft, serious violations of others' rights, and/or destruction of property.

In children, CD is often co-occurring with ADD/HD. It is also said that CD is a precursor to adult Antisocial Personality Disorder. 

Learn more about these two diagnoses in childhood here

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