What Are Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders?

Most kids will act up or become disruptive or defiant sometimes. Disruptive and conduct disorders, however, involve much more severe and longer-lasting behaviors than typical, short-lived episodes. Disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders refer to a group of disorders that include oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania and pyromania. These disorders can cause people to behave angrily or aggressively toward people or property. They may have difficulty controlling their emotions and behavior and may break rules or laws. An estimated 6 percent of children are affected by oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder1. Each year, an estimated 2.7…

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ADHD: Online & in-person school during the pandemic.

When schools were closed in the spring, some students with ADHD may have had trouble adjusting to online learning without a teacher present to support them. Online learning often requires students to be self-guided, manage their time and motivation, and complete tasks, assignments, or projects in the required time. However, other students may find fewer distractions at home, making it easier to focus on tasks. Learning from home also gives students a way to develop independence. Overall, the AAP advises that students learn best in-person and encourage schools to reopen if they can do so safely in their communities. But…

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COVID-19 Schools Reopening. A Few Important Points.

As many of our patients get ready to return to school, parents have questions regarding safety and possibility of exposure and infection for their children, and also for the rest of the family. Parents are coming to us for guidance, and unfortunately, at this time there are no formal guidelines to follow. The following is to serve as general information that we can consider and share with our patient’s parents to help them with the decision to allow or not their children return to the classroom. Remember this is a changing situation and our advice will likely change once more…

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

All children are oppositional from time to time, particularly when tired, hungry, stressed, or upset. They may argue, talk back, disobey, and defy parents, teachers, and other adults. Oppositional behavior is a normal part of development for two to three-year-olds and early adolescents. However, openly uncooperative and hostile behavior becomes a serious concern when it is so frequent and consistent that it stands out when compared with other children of the same age and developmental level and when it affects the child's social, family, and academic life. In children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), there is an ongoing pattern of…

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What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention.

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