There isn't a certain cause for CD. One or both of these may be linked to it:
- Brain damage
|This area of the brain is associated with appropriate social behavior. A combination of genetics affecting this area and life experiences may cause conduct disorder.|
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Care involves one or more of these:
- Parent training—Experts can help parents learn to control their child’s problems.
- Counseling—Children learn how to express and control their anger within social norms. It may be alone or with a group.
- Medicines may not be used right away, but can help with treating:
- Aggressive behavior
- Mood swings
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