Flashcards in Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders Deck (6)
In various ways, these people chronically disrespect rules and other people’s rights. Most egregiously, they use aggression against their peers (and sometimes elders)—
bullying, starting fights, using dangerous weapons, showing cruelty to people or animals, even sexual abuse. They may intentionally set fires or otherwise destroy
property; breaking and entering, lying, and theft are well within their repertoires. Truancy, repeated runaways, and refusal against a parent’s wishes to come home at
night round out their bag of tricks.
specifier for children whose disordered conduct is callous and disruptive, showing no remorse and no regard for the feelings of others
Conduct disorder, with limited prosocial emotions
Multiple examples of negativistic behavior persist for at least 6 months
These patients are often angry and irritable, tending toward touchiness and hair-trigger temper. They will disobey authority figures or argue with them, and they may refuse to cooperate or follow rules—if only to annoy. They sometimes accuse others of their own misdeeds; some appear malicious.
Oppositional defiant disorder
With no other demonstrable pathology (psychological or
general medical), these patients have episodes during which they act out aggressively. As a result, they physically harm others or destroy property
Intermittent explosive disorder
An irresistible urge to steal things they don’t need causes these patients to do so repeatedly. The phrase “tension and release” characterizes this behavior