Conduct Disorder Specialist


Youth Home Providing Behavioral Health & Mental Health Treatment located in Cleveland, OH

If your child or teen acts out, bullies others, lies, or demonstrates violent behavior, they may suffer from conduct disorder. Conduct disorder can harm your child’s education, social development, and the ability to succeed in life. The team at OCEC Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, offers intensive and holistic in-patient behavioral health care for children and teens. Through a personalized, family-focused treatment plan, your child can develop control over their behavior and learn to express their emotions constructively. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Conduct Disorder Q & A

What is conduct disorder?

Conduct disorder affects children and teens and involves patterns of antisocial, disruptive, or violent behavior. Patients with conduct disorder may also disregard rules, authority, and social norms. 

Children with conduct disorder might be considered “bad” by both adults and their peers. However, conduct disorder usually arises when adolescents and teens feel insecure and inadequate, and they perceive the actions of others as threatening or demeaning.  

What are the symptoms of conduct disorder?

The symptoms of conduct disorder vary between patients, but most exhibit behaviors that are aggressive, destructive, deceitful, or defiant of rules and norms. 

Some examples of conduct disorder symptoms include:

  • Bullying or intimidating others
  • Physical conflict
  • Cruelty to other people or animals
  • Abuse or assault
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Truancy
  • Running away from home
  • Age-inappropriate sexual activity

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may interfere with your child’s education, social development, and family relationships.

What causes conduct disorder?

Genetics probably play a role in the development of conduct disorder, but environmental factors contribute significantly to the condition. Kids who grow up around family members who exhibit violent or destructive behavior have an increased risk of developing conduct disorder.

Other factors that increase risk include:

  • Family members with mental illness
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Harsh or inconsistent parenting
  • Trauma
  • Neighborhood violence
  • Economic hardship

Individual brain development and brain chemistry also affect your child’s ability to regulate emotions and control their behavior.

How is conduct disorder treated?

The team at OCEC Foundation designs customized treatment plans with evidence-based protocols to help your child learn to identify negative emotions and express them in a safe, nondestructive manner. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy, and other techniques can enhance self-esteem and provide positive reinforcement for healthier behaviors. Children and adolescents in residence at OCEC Foundation receive services for conduct disorder 24/7 to ensure they receive the attention needed. 

All patients benefit from holistic care, which includes nutritional guidance and mindfulness coaching. The team works closely with parents and families to address any circumstances in the home that may contribute to the child’s symptoms, improve communication, and develop supportive skills. 

The experienced team members at OCEC Foundation welcome children and teens of all cultural identities and economic backgrounds, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals. 

To learn more about how long-term treatment at OCEC Foundation can address conduct disorder, call the office today or request an appointment online.