Disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders (DICD) are a group of mental disorders characterized by consistent actions that violate the rights of others or societal norms. These disorders typically develop during childhood or adolescence and can have a great impact on a person’s daily functioning and relationships.
These DICD disorders are:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Conduct disorder (CD)
- Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a mental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures. ODD is typically diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, and its symptoms can have a significant impact on a person’s daily functioning and relationships.
Symptoms of ODD may include:
- Frequently losing temper
- Arguing with adults
- Refusing to comply with requests or rules
- Deliberately annoying others
- Blaming others for one’s own mistakes or misbehavior
- Being easily annoyed by others
- Being angry and resentful
- Being spiteful or vindictive
ODD is diagnosed when a child or adolescent displays at least four of the above symptoms for at least six months, and the symptoms cause impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
Conduct disorder (CD)
Conduct disorder (CD) is a mental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of aggressive, destructive, and deceitful behavior that disregards the rights of others or societal norms.
Symptoms of CD may include:
- Aggression behavior towards people and animals, such as bullying, fighting, and cruelty to animals
- Destruction of property, such as setting fires, vandalism, and breaking
- Deceitfulness or theft, such as lying, stealing, and cheating
- Serious violations of rules and laws, such as running away from home, truancy, and substance abuse
- A disregard for the safety of self and others
The CD is diagnosed when a child or adolescent displays a persistent pattern of conduct that oversteps the basic rights of others or societal norms, and the symptoms cause significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED)
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a psychological disorder characterized by recurrent, impulsive, and aggressive behavior and verbal or physical outbursts that are out of proportion to the situation. The aggressive behavior of IED is often described as “impulsive and without provocation” and can result in property damage, physical injury, or strained relationships.
Symptoms of IED include:
- Recurrent, impulsive, aggressive behavior or verbal outbursts.
- Aggressive behavior or verbal outbursts are out of proportion to the situation.
- Aggressive behavior or verbal outbursts cause significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
- Any substance abuse or a medical condition does not cause the aggressive behavior or verbal outbursts.
To be diagnosed with IED, the individual must have at least three episodes of aggressive behavior or verbal outbursts in twelve months.
Pyromania is a mental disorder characterized by recurrent fire-setting behavior and an intense interest in fire. It is a rare disorder, and it is classified as a type of impulse control disorder.
Symptoms of pyromania include:
- Recurrent fire-setting behavior
- An intense interest in fire, such as fascination with firefighting equipment or fire trucks
- Pleasure, gratification, or relief at the time of setting a fire
- Lacks a specific motive for setting the fire, such as revenge, financial gain, or to cover up a crime
- The fire-setting behavior is not due to any general medical condition or substance abuse
Setting fires can cause serious injury or death or even significant property damage. It is important to get help as soon as possible.
Kleptomania is a mental disorder characterized by recurrent stealing behavior and an intense interest in stealing. It is also a rare disorder, and it is classified as a type of impulse control disorder.
Symptoms of kleptomania include:
- Recurrent stealing behavior
- An intense interest in stealing, such as collecting stolen items or planning the next theft
- Satisfaction, joy, or relief at the time of stealing
- Lacks a specific motive for stealing
- Theft cannot be attributed to medical conditions or substance use
- The stealing behavior causes significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning
Treatment Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders (DICD)
Treatment options for Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct disorders (DICD) may include:
- Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and family therapy are effective in reducing symptoms of DICD. CBT helps to change maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, while family therapy helps to improve communication and relationships within the family.
- Parenting Skills Training: This type of therapy is designed to help parents develop strategies for managing their child’s behavior and can be particularly beneficial for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD).
- Social Skills Training: This type of therapy aims to help children and adolescents learn the appropriate social behaviors and interactions and can be helpful for those who have difficulty interacting with others.
- Behavioral therapy: This approach uses positive reinforcement for good behavior and negative consequences for bad behavior to address problematic behaviors.
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