Compassionate Conduct Disorder Treatment in Malaysia
Seeing your child suffer from conduct disorder can be alarming. Sometimes they can be unkind, violent, or aggressive – without any real explanation as to why. At first, you may have thought this was normal childhood behaviour but as time went on, you soon realised it was a bigger problem.
Conduct disorder is more than just ‘acting out.’ Children with the condition can take part in activities and behaviours often deemed as ‘troublesome’ or ‘antisocial.’ We understand how difficult it can be to manage this disorder, but it’s key you remember that your child isn’t doing this on purpose.
Approaching every disorder with compassion, we believe in treating the person as a whole. No young person deserves to suffer and we combine a range of treatment options to ensure every young person is given the chance to flourish and build a better life for themselves and those around them.
What Is It and How Does It Work?
Treatment for Conduct Disorder
Every young person is unique and has different triggers and experiences with conduct disorder, so why would each treatment plan be the same? At The Wave, we believe the best solution to overcoming the disorder is through a personalised treatment approach. After being welcomed to our clinic, we’ll do a quick assessment of their medical and psychological health – this will help us paint a better picture of their treatment needs.
When a young person suffers from conduct disorder, their treatment plan primarily focuses on psychotherapy and medication if necessary. Other therapies such as group therapy and family therapy are beneficial in long-term recovery. Alongside this, we also offer a wide range of fun activities and team-building exercises that help our young people to develop new skills, try new hobbies, and set them up for their future.
Laying the groundwork for a bright life after recovery
The Seven Core Elements of Treatment
At The Wave, our treatment programs are built on seven elements, each designed to nurture young people in all areas of their personal development.
Each of the seven elements will help young people rebuild their confidence and independence, equipping them with a firm education and opportunities to give back, and setting them up for their life once they return home.
Conduct disorder often impacts relationships and the way young people approach certain situations and interactions. They might engage in ‘reckless’ or antisocial behaviour like biting, kicking, and stealing. This can make it difficult for them to build bonds or act in a socially acceptable way. Our clinical approach aims to give them the tools and resources needed to better understand their condition and triggers, and what they can do to relate and empathise better with those around them.
Working closely with a team of psychotherapists, young people will come to understand the root cause of their addiction and that no one is to blame, especially not themselves. They’ll also learn how to develop healthy coping mechanisms in times of stress, ensuring that they don’t turn to violence or aggression instead.
Some of our clinical treatment options include:
- Family therapy
- One-to-one therapy
- Expressive arts therapy
- Self-love techniques
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Somatic therapy
- Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Group therapy
Helping every person develop a sense of self-awareness, our clinical approach aims to give young people the tools needed to transform and stick to their recovery journey.
Whether a young person needs medication for their conduct disorder or not depends on the symptoms they experience. Our clinical and psychiatric team will assess each young person to determine whether medication is appropriate. At The Wave, we know every person is unique and that every case of conduct disorder will be different. What triggers one person won’t trigger another, so our personalised treatment approach ensures they’re given medication that best suits them and their needs.
If at any time they experience a bad reaction to the medication, our care team will work hard to find something that’s more suitable. We’ll never let your child suffer or take medication that’s affecting their day-to-day ability to function – that’s why we’ll always monitor their medication and come up with a management plan.
Although there is no cure for conduct disorder, some medications may help with related issues, such as impulsivity or mood instability. If other mental health conditions, such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety, are present alongside a young person’s conduct disorder, antidepressants could be prescribed.
We firmly believe that no young person should be left behind, and that’s why one of our seven elements is education. Conduct disorder can make it difficult for young people to focus and engage in healthy, productive behaviours like studying and learning, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With the right treatment and support, they can go on to live a fulfilling life and work towards their future.
Alongside therapy and medical treatment, we provide a range of educational opportunities designed to bolster a young person’s confidence and skills for life outside of our clinic. Whatever their dream is, we’re here to help arm them with the tools needed to achieve it.
Some of the educational pathways we offer include:
- International GAP-year experiences
- Continuation of GCSEs and A-Levels
- Vocational courses (London School of Art, Royal Horticultural Society, Leith’s School of Cookery, and The British Horse Society)
Each young person will have their own personal learning plan (PLP) to help them stick to their goals and set the foundations for a solid future
Conduct Disorder can make it difficult for young people to relate and empathise with others. It can also be especially difficult for them to look outside of themselves and see the kind of impact their behaviours are having on others. With our global citizenship program, they’ll not only learn how to develop friendships and bonds, but they’ll also learn valuable skills like teamwork and the importance of helping those around them.
Through the programme, young people with conduct disorder will be given the chance to take part in volunteering activities that give back to the community. This won’t just help them develop greater self-awareness, but it will also give them a sense of accomplishment every time they help someone or effect positive change on someone else’s life. The fact that this accomplishment is tied into helping others will also help them see that there is reward in changing their antisocial behaviours and becoming more aware of those around them.
At The Wave, we believe in taking a holistic approach to recovery. As part of our unique seven-element approach to treatment at The Wave, we include a wide range of fun activities to boost the body and wellbeing.
As physical activity has been scientifically proven to enhance mental well-being, activity-based treatments are featured in every young person’s daily schedule. Young people can choose which activities to partake in, such as Muay Thai kickboxing and yoga.
Some other popular activities include:
- Education on the food and body groups
- Mindful movement
- Tension, stress, and trauma release (TRE)
- Eating disorder informed yoga
- Education on nourishment and healthy eating
- Journalling and reflective writing
- Team sports and group challenges
Developing habits like exercising regularly and journaling can also help those suffering from conduct disorder release their feelings in a healthy way. Instead of bottling it up or giving in to moments of anger and aggression, they’ll slowly learn that there are other ways of expressing themselves and their emotions.
Conduct disorder can often impact relationships and the way a young person approaches life. That’s why our ‘experiences’ element is designed to help them develop better interpersonal and team building skills, equipping them with the tools needed to build healthy relationships outside of the clinic.
Cultivating a strong team spirit, sense of accomplishment, and fun into our treatment programmes is what sets our approach apart from others. We don’t just focus on medical and clinical treatment – we’re also keen to get our young people involved in fun challenges and experiences that will empower them and help them learn new life skills.
That’s why one of our seven core elements is experiences. All young people have the chance to take part in a range of experiences and exciting adventures, including:
- Dance and drama productions
- Fashion design
- Batik painting
- Horse riding
- Jungle adventures
- Rock climbing
Conduct disorder doesn’t have to stop a young person from achieving their full potential. They’ve got so much ahead of them, and we’re keen to help them realise their dreams and ambitions, giving them the tools and resources to set the cogs into motion.
Our dedicated care team works with each young person to develop an ongoing plan that will help ease them back into everyday life and transition healthily. We know that leaving behind the security and familiarity of treatment can be a little daunting, but we’re here to help each young person develop a set of goals and plans to work towards their future with confidence.
Having some kind of purpose when they leave our clinic will help set them up for their future and give them something to work towards.
Conduct Disorder Treatment Options
Recovering from Conduct Disorder
We offer our young people a range of holistic treatment options for Conduct Disorders including:
Art therapy is popular among our young people at The Wave, especially as it offers an outlet for self-expression when talk therapy is proving difficult. Proven to build confidence and self-esteem, which aids recovery, art therapy allows young people to express themselves in a mindful way and is particularly beneficial to those who have tendencies to engage in self-harm.
Those who enjoy art at The Wave can also participate in a twelve-week course led by the London School of Art on Saturdays, giving young people a chance to develop and build on their hobbies and have something to look forward to once they leave our clinic.
Individual psychotherapy provides a safe and secure outlet for a young person to feel heard and heal from any traumas or past experiences that may be holding them back. These sessions also enable those in our care to learn how to manage their anger and develop coping strategies, which aid their recovery. Although individual psychotherapy is confidential, safety plans will be put in place if a young person expresses dangerous desires, such as self-harm.
We know that a young person’s needs may change as they progress through treatment, which is why all of our plans are flexible, and psychotherapy care can be increased or decreased as and when necessary. Lead therapists coordinate treatment plans and make weekly review reports that are given to families, who have access to lead therapists via our family messenger groups, should there be any concern.
Family involvement and support is essential to the long-term recovery of any condition that might bring a young person to The Wave. However, it’s especially crucial when overcoming a conduct disorder. When young people suffer from a conduct disorder, their actions and behaviours may strain family relationships. Often, this leads to tension, which can hinder their ability to heal. To support young people and their families, we offer family therapy at The Wave.
During family therapy, we provide a safe space for families to come together and explore their feelings and emotions. We also offer education and guide families on how best to move forward and support a young person in their recovery.
Frequently asked questions
Conduct Disorder FAQ's
Although there is no set reason why conduct disorder develops, some studies have found genetic links. Other studies reveal that conduct disorder could be hereditary, with children more likely to develop it if one of their parents has ADHD or other psychiatric conditions.
Links to conduct disorder caused by environmental factors such as childhood abuse, traumatic experiences, substance abuse in parents, a lack of parental discipline, or poverty have also been found.
Although there is no cure for conduct disorder, young people with the condition can lead fulfilling, independent lives with the right treatment and ongoing support. Here at The Wave, we direct treatment with the future in mind and lay the foundations for successful long-term recovery.
There is no quick treatment or magic pill to treat conduct disorder. However, help is available through our intense treatment programme. A unique and tailored combination of psychotherapy, group therapy, medication, and holistic activity, our treatment programmes offer a safe and supportive environment that helps young people flourish and manage their disorder.
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