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Conduct Disorders

Conduct disorders are common among teens and children.Learning more about them is crucial when dealing with children.

What are Conduct Disorders?

Conduct disorders are serious emotional and behavioral problems.It is distinct from otehr disorders because it usually starts during childhood or teenage years.

How Does a Person Suffering From a Conduct Disorder Behave?

Children or teenagers suffering from conduct disorders are violent,argumentative,and extremely disruptive.

Conduct disorder is fundamentally different from rebellion.It is more intense and long-lasting.It is also more brazen and is likely to raise alarm among parents and teachers.

What are the Tpyes of Conduct Disorders?

The types of conduct disorders are usually classified by age.They include

Childhood Onset:- This usually begins between the ages of 0-10 years.

Adolescent Onset:- This usually begins during the adolescent or teenage years.

Unclear Onset:- This is a situation where the specific start time of symptoms is unknown

What are the Symptoms of Conduct Disorders?

It’s important to remember that these symptoms must be prolonged and persistent.Having one symptom does not necessarily mean you have a conduct disorder.

Some common symptoms include

What are the Causes of Conduct Disorders?

Environmental Causes:- Attitudes or behaviors prevalent in the child’s environment can cause conduct disorders.This might include poverty, violent parents/guaridans, child abuse, and substance abuse.

Genetic Causes:- The condition of the frontal lobe can be a cause of conduct disorder.The frontal lobe is what determines your personality and cognitive trails.If the frontal lobe is damanged, the chances of getting this disorder increase.

Who is at Risk of Getting This Disorder?

How is Conduct Disorder Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually made by a mental health expert.Diagnosis will require questions and physical examination.

The mental health professional will wnat to know the symptoms that your child has experienced. Conduct disorders cannot be diagnosed if they have not experienced at least 3 symptoms.

The child or teenager must also have shown at leat one of these symptoms in the last 6 months.The expert will also consider the impact it has had on their lives.

Children or teenagers suffering from conduct disorders are violent,argumentative, and extremely disruptive.

What are the Likely Treatments for Conduct Disorders?

Medication:- Currently,there are no medications specifically for conduct disorders.However,some medications can be taken to treat some symptoms. Before taking any medication,seek the recommendation of your doctor or mental health expert.

Psychotherapy:- This focuses on helping the child or teenager learn new habits and conduct.Cognitive-behavioral therapy and family therapy are used to deal with other issues.This might include anger problems,impulse control,and moral reasoning.

Is Conduct Disorder Curable?

Conduct disorder does not have a cure.However,symptoms can be managed with the right treatment.Getting treatment can give your child can improve their lives.

It also protects them from having more issues in the future.Having other mental issues might also negatively affect the chances of treatment.

When Should You See a Doctor?

You should see the doctor immediately if you notice your child displaying any signs of conduct disorder.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.