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What is adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct?

Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct is a variation of adjustment disorder in which responding to stress leads to infringement on others’ rights, or rebellion against normal rules of conduct. It is exhibited in behaviors like skipping school or work, fighting, reckless driving, vandalism, and ignoring legal or financial responsibilities. Typically, adjustment disorder is experienced by veterans as an excessive response to a specific life change or stressor, which interferes with your ability to function in life. Disturbance of conduct is when the symptoms include rage and antisocial behavior, especially when you did not have behavioral problems beforehand. A related type of the disorder is adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct. Symptoms are a mix of depression and anxiety in addition to the  behavioral problems.

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