Using a diagnosis of ODD/CD enables the clinician to apply a huge amount of helpful information about what has caused the concerns and then to offer effective treatment. More often than not, they do not use a diagnostic label with the family; the point is for the clinician to share the expertise. Myths about the nature of psychiatric diagnosis and the harms of a label of ODD/CD are debunked in this article. It is society who stigmatises these individuals because of their antisocial behaviour, and withholding skilfully applied benefits of the accumulated knowledge of the condition is cruel and especially harmful to disadvantaged groups in society where ODD/CD is far more prevalent.
- conduct problems
- sisruptive behaviour