What are disruptive behavior disorders?

Also known as: oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD).

Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) are common behavioral and mental health disorders easily identified in children because they involve behaviors that are readily seen.

DBD includes two types:

  • oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • conduct disorder (CD)
They are often first noticed when they begin to interfere with school activities or family and friend relationships. DBD can resemble the clinical presentation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD) as hyperactivity and impulsivity are features of all three (33% of ADD children have coexisting ODD and 2% have CD). They are however separate disorders though it has been suggested that ODD may lead to CD.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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