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Conduct Disorder

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Kristen Wolf

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of Conduct Disorder

How do we best help those with Conduct Disorder?
Understand alarm and how it works in the limbic system......

What is Conduct Disorder?
Although it can be incredibly difficult to pin point exactly what causes a person to head down this path, typically these people have been deeply wounded (physically, genetically, emotionally, mentally) at some point in their lives. This could be from another family member or a peer, and the individual has not found the coping mechanisms to aid them in growth beyond their immature and reactive emotionally based behaviors. They live in a constant state of alarm that originates in the limbic system (the emotional center) of the brain. (Neufeld, 2012) Some of these students demonstrate other disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, or Bipolar Disease. (U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, n.d.)
What are the causes and characteristics?
To include and help these students to mature and control their impulsiveness, we must cultivate a relationship with all of the students in the class. Then we may foster an environment that helps all of the students to "normalize" the emotions and reactions that all students will display from time to time. We must be aware that they are in a state of alarm and this is what all anxiety stems from (Mate, 2011). Eliminating as many stressors as possible will help all students, but most especially students who have conduct disorder. Our minds cannot mature, grow, learn with stress in the equation. This is of ultimate importance when including a student with conduct disorder. They need to deeply know and understand empathy through the actions of the class, with us at the helm.
Getting the help of parents is obviously key and ideal, if possible. Educating them on the emotional center of the brain (limbic system) will help them to make sense of their child's actions.
How do we include these students?
Where can they get the help they need to break through the surface towards healing?
1. The National Alliance on Mental Illness

2. Conduct Disorder online support forums:

3. The American Academy Child and Adolescent Psychology Conduct Disorder Resource Center http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Conduct_Disorder_Resource_Center/Home.aspx
1. Comings DE, et al. "Comparison of the role of dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline genes in ADHD, ODD and conduct disorder: multivariate regression analysis of 20 genes." Clin Genet. 2000 Mar; 57(3): 178-96.

2. Drobot, C. (2011) Supporting the anxious child. Retrieved from www.neufeldinstitute.com/blog/2011/04/supporting-the-anxious-child/

3. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (2013) Emotional Disturbance. Retrieved from http://nichcy.org/disability/specific/emotionaldisturbance#conduct

4. Neufeld, G. (2011) Uncovering the roots of delinquency. Retrieved from http://www.neufeldinstitute.com/blog/2011/06/uncovering-the-roots-of-delinquency/

5. The Reach Institute(n.d.) Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Retrieved from http://www.thereachinstitute.org/conduct-disorderoppositional-defiant-disorder.html

6. U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (2013). Conduct Disorder. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000919.htm

7. Whittinger NS. Clinical precursors of adolescent conduct disorder in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007;46:179-187.

Please see complete list for the video citations.
Conduct Disorder is a term used to identify
people who have a difficult time conducting themselves in appropriate social ways. (NICHCY, 2013) These individuals may be violent, aggressive, deceitful, withdrawn, incredibly immature, impulsive and destructive to peers, elders, pets, things, etc. It is under the umbrella of "Emotional Disturbances" according to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Many times, these people are considered to be bullies in social situations.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld: Making Sense of Anxiety in Children & Youth
Dear Teacher,
I have Conduct Disorder
Nelson Muntz:
A Case Study in Conduct Disorder
Child Psychology: What is Conduct Disorder
Dr. Gordon Neufeld: What Makes a Bully
Dr. Gabor Mate: Consequences of Stressed Parenting
Dr. Robert Sapolsky:
The Psychology of Stress
Dr. Robert Sapolsky:
The Limbic System (2011)
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