Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Millcreek Behavioral Health to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Millcreek Behavioral Health.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Signs, Symptoms, & Causes of Conduct Disorder

The first step to getting help is recognizing the problem. If you’re concerned your child or teenager may be suffering from conduct disorder, learn more about the signs and symptoms to watch for.

Understanding Conduct Disorder

Learn about conduct disorder

Conduct disorder is disruptive behavior disorder that develops in childhood and is characterized by repeated behaviors that violate the personal or property rights of others, as well as the basic expectations of society. Children and adolescents with conduct disorder will engage in disruptive behaviors in a variety of settings, including school, home, and social situations. Additionally, these behaviors will cause significant impairment in all aspects of the child’s life, including interaction with peers, family life, and academic life. Not only do these behaviors negatively impact the child or teen, but they also have an effect upon family members and others around them.  With treatment, children and adolescents diagnosed with Conduct disorder can  learn the proper coping skills to avoid these disruptive, negative behaviors.

Statistics

Conduct disorder statistics

Studies have shown that conduct disorder affects 1% -4% of children ages 9-17 in the United States alone. The disorder is more prominently diagnosed in boys and tends to be more prevalent in urban areas as opposed to rural areas. It has been estimated that approximately 40% of children diagnosed with conduct disorder will grow up to have characteristics of and/or diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for conduct disorder in children and teens

The development of conduct disorder is said to be the result of a number of different factors working together including genetic, physical, and environmental components. Some examples of these factors may include:

Genetic: Personality traits are commonly inherited from family members, so the components that make up conduct disorder may have genetic influences. Additionally, children with parents who have a mental health disorder are at a higher risk for developing conduct disorder.

Physical: Research has linked impairments in the frontal lobe of the brain with the development of conduct disorder. This may be due to the fact that the frontal lobe is responsible for regulating emotions and personality. For those with conduct disorder, the frontal lobe may not be working properly, causing reduced ability to plan future actions, which leads to a lack of impulse control, and reduced ability to learn from past negative experiences.

Environmental: Parental behavior is argued to be one of the biggest factors as to whether or not a child will develop symptoms of conduct disorder. Children who are raised without any form of appropriate discipline or whose parents tend to be absent frequently can have an impact on child behaviors.

Risk Factors:

  • Being male
  • Lack of appropriate methods of discipline
  • Exposure to violence
  • Having been subjected to physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse
  • Living in a city as a opposed to a rural area
  • Presence of other mental health disorders
  • Poor nutrition
  • Living in poverty
  • Maternal psychopathology
  • Poor parenting / lack of parental involvement
  • Being separated from parents without proper alternative caregiver
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of conduct disorder in children and teens

The behaviors of conduct disorder fall into four main categories: aggressive conduct that causes or threatens harm to others or animals, non-aggressive conduct that causes property loss or damage, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violation of the rules. Some examples of signs and symptoms that may be indicative that a child is suffering from conduct disorder can include:

Aggression to people and animals:

  • Aggression toward animals
  • Bullying, threatening, or intimidating others
  • Often instigates physical fights
  • Has used a weapon that can cause serious physical harm to others
  • Forcing someone into sexual activity against the person’s will
  • Has stolen while confronting a victim

Destruction of property:

  • Deliberately engaged in fire setting with intention of causing serious damage
  • Deliberately destroyed the property of others

Deceitfulness or theft:

  • Breaking into someone’s house, car, or building
  • Lies often
  • Steals items
  • Forgery

Serious violation of the rules:

  • Often stays out at night despite parental rules
  • Skipping school
  • Running away from home
  • Sexual behavior a very young age
Effects

Effects of conduct disorder in children and teens

If not properly treated the effects of conduct disorder can range from mild to severe. Some such effects can include:

  • Ongoing risky sexual behaviors
  • Delinquency
  • School suspension or expulsion
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Chronic substance abuse
  • Arrests
  • Engagement in reckless behavior
  • Serving jail time
  • Future onset of antisocial personality disorder
Co-Occurring Disorders

Conduct disorder and co-occurring disorders

Children with conduct disorder can also be suffering with another mental health disorder, including:

  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Other personality disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Specific learning disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse and addiction