Key Termsi

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder—A learn- p ing and behavioral disorder characterized by diffi- r culty in sustaining attention, impulsive behavior, o and excessive activity. i t

Conduct disorder—A behavioral and emotional disorder of childhood and adolescence in which s o children display physical aggression and infringe d on or violate the rights of others. Youths diagnosed r with conduct disorder may set fires, exhibit cruelty toward animals or other children, sexually assault others, or lie and steal for personal gain.

Psychopathy—A psychological syndrome that includes lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard of the law, shallow emotions and a history of victimizing others.

Somatization disorder—A type of mental disorder in which the patient suffers from physical complaints that serve as coping strategies for emotional distress.

Substance abuse disorder—Disorder that is characterized by: an individual's need for more of a drug or alcohol than intended, an inability to stop using by choice, and an ongoing difficulty in recovering from the effects of the substance.

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