Conduct Disorder in Children and Adolescents (April)

Date of Issue: 04/01/2016 | Volume: 7 | Number: 3

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

This issue provides clinicians with a primer on conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, ranging from DSM-5 criteria for diagnosis to risk factors as well as potential psychosocial interventions and medical treatments for managing these disorders in children and adolescents.

In This Issue


Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Primer

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychotherapy

What is conduct disorder? Are there different types? And more importantly, how can we best treat these patients? This article goes through the topic in a structured and systematic way, so that you can get a lay of this complicated land.

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Expert Q&A

Understanding Conduct Disorder

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychotherapy

The diagnosis of conduct disorder started with patients who were generally labeled as “bad kids”—juvenile delinquents, so to speak—and then professionals came to the realization that these kids are not necessarily “bad” but that there may be some kind of psychiatric pathology underlying their actions. In this interview, Akeem Marsh, MD, presents his perspective as a psychiatrist providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management, individual therapy, and treatment planning in a juvenile detention setting in New York City.

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Research Update

Getting Bullied as a Kid: Not Good for Your Mental Health

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Depressive Disorder | PTSD

Previous studies have shown that children who are bullied or who bully others are at higher-than-normal risk to have psychiatric disorders as adults. It’s tempting to blame the bullying—but it’s possible that the development of adult problems was driven not by bullying, but rather by preexisting psychiatric disorders in childhood.

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