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Introduction

All children are defiant at times and it is a normal part of adolescence to do the opposite of what one is told. Oppositional-defiant disorder mainly applies to children whose functioning at home and at school is impaired by constant conflict with adults and other children. Conduct disorder mainly applies to adolescents whose behaviour goes to antisocial extremes; many are excluded from school or in trouble with the law.

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