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14yr Old Boy Kills Self and Family

There were so many warning signs that this adolescent clearly suffered from Conduct Disorder: repeated behavioral problems, setting fires, and expulsion from school. If an adolescent goes untreated, or is improperly treated, there is a much higher incidence of criminality. Conduct Disorder by itself, or in conjunction with ADHD (and in some cases OCD), is a precursor to the adult diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Those diagnosed as Antisocial are known to commit heinous and/or violent criminal acts such as repeated robbery, rape, and murder. Serial killers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer are two examples of Antisocial Personality Disorder at its very worst.

Parents, teachers, significant others, neighbors, or other students who have been bullied, seen volatile outbursts, witnessed the killing of small animals, seen fire setting or any other telltale signs need to pay attention. You need to speak and communicate with each other better. Don’t hesitate to speak up to a parent if you notice this kind of unusual behavior in a child. You may run the risk of alienating your friend or neighbor but the tradeoff could be saving a life.

As a parent, it is imperative that you find coping strategies and put your ego aside in order to deal with your feelings of shame, embarrassment, or doubts about your parenting skills. There are many cases in which a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder for your child is not a result of environmental factors but is caused by physiological issues in the brain. Physiological issues in combination with one or more psychological issues Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, rejection, and/or a sense of inferiority can make Conduct Disorder difficult to treat. However, it is also important to understand that a child raised in a violent, abusive, neglectful environment may eventually be diagnosed with adult Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Do not ignore the problem, think that they’ll grow out of it, or believe that constant punishment will change their behavior. It is different when a child who is simply going through adolescent growing pains and throws tantrums or talks back. If your child has the symptoms of Conduct Disorder, or has been diagnosed with Conduct Disorder, he or she will not grow out of it. Professional help is needed, and for some parents medication therapy. Seek immediate assistance. Obtain a psychiatric evaluation and a medical evaluation. Look for support in your child’s school system and find support groups for parents with children diagnosed with Conduct Disorder. Consider counseling and get information from the Department of Mental Health. Do whatever you can do to help your child. These actions may save them, yourself, or someone else from harm or death.

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Posted by Dr. Leslie Seppinni on August 11, 2010|Category: Crisis No Comments »