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ADHD Vs. Conduct Disorder


You have obviously heard of the disorder ADHD, since this whole blog is about ADHD.  However, have you ever heard of the disorder Conduct Disorder?  Both of these disorders represent impulsitivity.  However, what are the differences between these two disorders?  This article will describe the differences between ADHD and Conduct Disorder.

What Is Conduct Disorder?

According to webmd, the following can be stated about Conduct Disorder:

  • Aggressive behavior: These are behaviors that threaten or cause physical harm and may include fighting, bullying, being cruel to others or animals, using weapons, and forcing another into sexual activity.
  • Destructive behavior: This involves intentional destruction of property such as arson (deliberate fire-setting) and vandalism (harming another person’s property).
  • Deceitful behavior: This may include repeated lying, shoplifting, or breaking into homes or cars in order to steal.
  • Violation of rules: This involves going against accepted rules of society or engaging in behavior that is not appropriate for the person’s age. These behaviors may include running away, skipping school, playing pranks, or being sexually active at a very young age.

What Is ADHD?

According to webmd, the following can be noted about ADHD:

  • Inattention: includes disorganization, problems staying on task, constant daydreaming, and not paying attention when spoken to directly.
  • Impulsivity: includes spur-of-the-moment decisions without thinking about the chance of harm or long-term effects. She acts quickly to get an immediate reward. She may regularly interrupt teachers, friends, and family.
  • Hyperactivity: involves squirming, fidgeting, tapping, talking, and constant movement, especially in situations where it’s not appropriate.

According to webmd, the following can be noted:

Mental health professionals in the United States use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose all psychiatric conditions, including ADHD. The latest version divides it into three types:

  • ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation (ADD)
  • ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
  • ADHD combined presentation


To conclude this specific article, this article has described the specific differences between the two disorders in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, specifically Conduct Disorder and ADHD.  In particular, this article has described the specific criteria for each disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD, in specific detail.  Despite the fact that individuals with Conduct Disorder and ADHD can both become impulsive, individuals with Conduct Disorder and ADHD have some distinguishing differences which have been described in detail throughout the course of this article.  If you or a loved believe you have either of these disorder, contact your doctor.



ADHD Vs. Conduct Disorder

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). ADHD Vs. Conduct Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2020, from


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