Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Conduct Disorder (CD)

Summary of ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder




Conduct Disorder

Diagnostic criteria

  1. Inattention : wandering, unwilling to participate
  2. Hyperactivity
  3. Impulsivity

Ignoring, challenging, anger (temper, defies, argues), negative attitude

Aggression, destruction, deceitfulness/theft manipulative, i.e. the class bully

General character:

Child’s disruptive behavior stems from his inability to concentrate on any one thing

Egodistonic - works against ego. Behavior is a reactive response to unsatisfied ego. Child is More likely to by unhappy, angry and challenging.

Egosyntonic - plays into the ego. Child not likely to be unhappy since ego is being satisfied Actions are more planned therefore can be manipulative, take advantage of situations, etc.



Depression, ADHD

Substance abuse, prelude to antisocial disorder (Adult version of CD - but need to observe over time to diagnose)


Methylphenidate (ritalin), psychotherapy