(DSM-V, 2013) A problem with one’s self-control of emotions and behaviors. These disorders manifest themselves in behavior that violates the rights of others and/or create conflict with society or authority figures. All of the disorders vary on the source of the condition between the lack of self-control of one’s behavior or emotions.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

(DSM-V, 2013) A frequent and consistent pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness. 

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

(DSM-V, 2013) An impulsive and aggressive outburst that occurs rapidly without warning. The outburst will last for less than 30 minutes in a response to provocation from a close associate or intimate.

Conduct Disorder

(DSM-V, 2013) A persistent and repetitive pattern of behavior that violates social norms/rules or the basic rights of another individual. At least one behavior must be present for at least six months and three characteristic behaviors for 12 months. There are four main groupings of behaviors: aggressive conduct that causes or threatens physical harm to individuals or animals, non-aggressive conduct that causes property damage or loss, deceitfulness or theft, and violation of rules. Causes impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning and can occur in various setting such as home, school, or community.


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V). Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013.