Conduct disorder, as defined in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), includes evidence of a chronic and persistent pattern of rule-violating behavior on the part of an individual, typically a child between the ages of 10 and 18 years. The behavior is of a significant nature and typically involves the violation of the rights of others or violation of age-appropriate societal norms. Children with giftedness, creativity, or talent are not protected from the possibility of experiencing conduct disorder or some associated disorder. Past and current literature suggests that children who are gifted, creative, or talented suffer from mental illness or disorders in numbers similar to the general population. In addition, children who may be gifted, creative, ...

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