What are Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders?

Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders are a group of mental health conditions that are characterized by problems with self-control, behaviors that violate the rights of others or social norms, and difficulty following rules. These disorders typically emerge in childhood or adolescence and can cause significant impairment in academic, social, and occupational functioning.

Disruptive Disorders include Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), which is characterized by a pattern of angry, defiant, and vindictive behavior towards authority figures, and Conduct Disorder (CD), which involves persistent and repetitive patterns of behavior that violate the rights of others and social norms. Symptoms of CD include aggression towards people and animals, destruction of property, theft, and deceitfulness.

Impulse-Control Disorders include conditions such as Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), which involves sudden and intense outbursts of anger or violence that are out of proportion to the situation, and Kleptomania, which is characterized by recurrent stealing of objects that are not needed for personal use or monetary gain.

Overall, these disorders are often difficult to treat and may require a combination of medication and psychotherapy to manage symptoms effectively. It is important to seek professional help if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of these disorders.

Shervan K Shahhian

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