Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

Disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders include conditions involving problems in the self-control of emotions and behaviours. While other disorders in DSM-5 may also involve problems in emotional and/or behavioral regulation, the disorders in this category are unique in that these problems are manifested in behaviours that violate the rights of others (e.g., aggression, destruction of property) and/or that bring the individual into significant conflict with societal norms or authority figures. The underlying causes of the problems in the self-control of emotions and behaviours can vary greatly across these disorders and among individuals within a given diagnostic category.