A disturbance of conduct severe enough to produce significant impairment in
social, occupational, or academic functioning because of symptoms that range
from oppositional defiant to moderate and severe conduct disturbances.
- oppositional defiant symptoms may include losing temper; arguing with
adults and actively refusing their requests; deliberately annoying others;
blaming others for one’s mistakes; being easily annoyed, resentful, or
spiteful; and physically fighting with other members of the household.
- conduct disturbance (moderate) symptoms may include truancy or work
absences, alcohol or other substance abuse before the age of 13, stealing with
confrontation, destruction of others’ property, firesetting with intent of
causing serious damage, initiating fights outside of home, and being
physically cruel to animals.
- conduct disturbance (severe) symptoms may include running away from home
overnight at least twice, breaking into another’s property, being physically
cruel to people, stealing with confrontation, repeatedly using a dangerous
weapon, and forcing someone into sexual activity.