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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.



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Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder is a problematic condition in which either a child or adolescent begins to display a repetitive pattern of behavior in which he or she disregards other people’s rights or violates appropriate societal norms. Symptoms must be present for at least 1 year. An individual with conduct disorder may be aggressive to animals or people, destroy property, steal or be deceitful, or violate rules. Conduct disorder symptoms can be a predictor of antisocial behavior in later life (Pardini & Fite, 2010). Antisocial behavior doesn’t mean someone isn’t social- rather it means that someone disregards the rules of society, shows impulsivity in decision making, and lacks empathy for others. Conduct disorder has been associated to be caused by a mix of genetic predispositions and environmental risk factors such as parental stress and community contextual factors (Pisano et al., 2017). These children have often experienced significant trauma and live in chaotic family systems. Often children with conduct disorder demonstrate what are “callous unemotional traits,” which include lack of guilt or remorse, lack of empathy, shallow or flat affect, and lack of concern for individual performance. Neurocognitive differences in children with conduct disorder can include an impairment in the ability to pay attention to and respond appropriately to others emotions like fear and sadness. (Pisano et al., 2017). Early intervention is likely critical to reduce and remediate conduct disorder symptoms.

Pardini, D. A., & Fite, P. J. (2010). Symptoms of conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit/hyperactiivy disorder and callous-unemotional traits as unique predictors of maladjustment in boys: advancing an evidence base for DSM-V. Journal of American Academy and Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(11), 1134-1144. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2010.08.010

Pisano, S., Muratoria, P., Gorga, C., Levantini, V., Iuliano, R., Catone, G., Coppola, G.., Milone, A., Masi, G. (2017). Conduct disorers and psychopathy in children and adolescents: aetiology, clinical presentations and treatment strategies of callous-unemotional traits. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 43(84).

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