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Irritability and disruptive behaviour disorders

Argyris Stringaris and Eric Taylor

in Disruptive Mood

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780199674541
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191779152 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199674541.003.0009
Irritability and disruptive behaviour disorders

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Oppositional–defiant disorder describes an enduring trait of developmentally inappropriate and impairing problems of non-compliant behaviour, and irritability is part of the definition. Separate lines of development can be distinguished: an irritable dimension that predicts primarily depressive disorders and generalized anxiety disorder; a headstrong dimension related to ADHD and non-aggressive conduct disorder; and a hurtful dimension associated with aggressive conduct problems and callous/unemotional traits. The course of the disruptive behaviour disorders is described and their relationship with other conditions is considered. The differences between, and the use of, the main current diagnostic schemes are highlighted, and management is discussed.

Chapter.  1380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Paediatrics

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