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Irritability and disruptive behaviour disorders 

Irritability and disruptive behaviour disorders
Irritability and disruptive behaviour disorders

Argyris Stringaris

and Eric Taylor

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date: 11 December 2019

Oppositional–defiant disorder describes an enduring trait of developmentally inappropriate and impairing problems of non-compliant behaviour, and irritability is part of the definition. Separate lines of development can be distinguished: an irritable dimension that predicts primarily depressive disorders and generalized anxiety disorder; a headstrong dimension related to ADHD and non-aggressive conduct disorder; and a hurtful dimension associated with aggressive conduct problems and callous/unemotional traits. The course of the disruptive behaviour disorders is described and their relationship with other conditions is considered. The differences between, and the use of, the main current diagnostic schemes are highlighted, and management is discussed.

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