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Conduct disorders

All children and teens will disobey adults at times. It takes time for children to learn to behave and the occasional outburst is a normal part of growing up.

Sudden outbursts of behaviour such as tantrums, refusing to do as they are told, hitting, kicking and breaking things are all normal signs of development if they occur infrequently and don’t violate the rights of others.

However, some children and teens have serious behavioural problems that can last over a long period of time and can affect their ability to lead a normal life.

When their behaviour becomes this much of a problem, it is called conduct disorder.

More information for parents and visitors on conduct disorders

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