Conduct disorder

Conduct disorder (CD) is a mental health condition that can cause problems with regulating emotions. Behavior can lead to legal problems, social isolation, and difficulty maintaining relationships and employment. Do you need help with regulating emotions or do you know someone who is stuck in their emotions? We can help.

About conduct disorder

Problems with regulating emotions


Lying or deceitfulness

Disregard for rules or authority

What is Conduct Disorder (CD)?

Conduct disorder is a mental health disorder that typically arises during childhood or adolescence. It’s characterized by a pattern of behavior that violates the rights of others or goes against societal norms and rules.

This disorder can cause significant impairment in social academic or occupational functioning. It may lead to legal problems or other negative consequences.

Young adults with Conduct Disorder

Young adults with conduct disorder may continue to exhibit behaviors such as aggression, impulsivity, deceitfulness, and violations of social norms and rules. These behaviors can lead to legal problems, social isolation, and difficulty maintaining relationships and employment.

Treatment for young adults with CD often involves a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help individuals with CD to recognize and change negative patterns of thought and behavior. Family therapy may also be helpful, as family dynamics can play a significant role in the development and maintenance of conduct problems.

Conduct Disorder (CD) symptoms

How can you recognize conduct disorder? What characterizes a young person with CD is that they treat other people and animals without any sympathy in a very bad way. They tend to switch their emotions quickly when a situation suddenly changes.

Conduct disorder symptoms include:

  • Aggression and frustration
  • Destruction of property
  • Theft
  • Lying or deceitfulness
  • Bullying or intimidating
  • Disregard for rules or authority

What can cause Conduct Disorder?

The causes of CD are complex and can include genetic, environmental and psychological factors. Children who experience abuse, neglect or other trauma are at a higher risk for CD. Additionally, children with a family history of mental health disorders or substance abuse may also be at higher risk.

How can we treat Conduct Disorder?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is very beneficial to help young people manage their behaviour and develop skills that will learn them how to cope with difficult emotions. Family therapy is very helpful in addressing family dynamics and improving communication.

Our professionals look beyond someone’s past. Your willingness to work on yourself in our clinic is what we use to help you cope with difficult emotions in a healthy manner. Discover what is causing your CD. It's possible co-occurring conditions as ADHD or depression play a big role in developing and maintaining CD behaviour.

Early intervention is important for the successful treatment of conduct disorder. It’s important for parents and caregivers to seek help if they notice symptoms in their child. Let go of shame, sorrow or guilt, and chose the wisest option for the future of your child. Appropriate treatment and support will learn many young adults to manage their behavior and lead healthy, productive lives.

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The Grange Youth Clinic can help young adults who are dealing with conduct disorder. Learn more about our treatment here or register for an intake interview below.

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At The Grange Youth Clinic, you’ll be guided through a tough experience with empathetic support. You will have access to a comprehensive range of services, including a minimum of 6 weeks of intensive residential treatment, family coaching & counseling for parents/carers and aftercare tailored to your individual needs.

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Our treatment has a very “Intensive goal directed specialised approach” which is uniquely tailored to each client, by a highly qualified and experience multi discipline team. We focus on primarily addictive  problems combined with addressing social, emotional behavioural.

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