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Some youthful offenders may suffer from conduct disorder

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2023 | Juvenile offenses |

While some youths may act out as a cry for attention or simply for the thrill involved, others may simply struggle to control their behaviors. There are various types of mental health concerns that may have a significant influence on a teen’s behavior. Studies indicate that conduct disorder is a type of condition that could affect the decisions of many youthful offenders. Knowing some possible signs of conduct disorder could help parents in Washington prepare to seek advice on ways to safeguard their child’s well-being.  

Conduct disorder 

According to experts, conduct disorder is a type of mental health concern that can cause youths to exhibit patterns of aggressive or destructive behaviors. Studies suggest that this condition may be most prevalent among youths between the ages of 10 and 19. The impact this condition may have over a youth’s behavior can increase gradually with time and there are several types of behaviors that might be indicative of conduct disorder. 

Studies indicate that youths who suffer from conduct disorder may be prone to exhibiting aggressive behaviors toward other people or even animals. They may also struggle with impulse control and may be more prone to stealing items or lying. Destructive behaviors such as lighting things on fire and vandalizing the property of others are also common behaviors among those with conduct disorder. 

Seeking advice 

Mental health concerns such as conduct disorder can have a significant influence on the decisions of youthful offenders. When facing similar concerns, parents in Washington who have questions about how best to address the situation and the available options to protect their child’s future could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance on the best course of action to take. An attorney can help a client prepare to address any legal issues that arise and provide insight on resources with which to seek the necessary treatment to safeguard his or her child’s well-being.