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Child Psychiatry

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A 6-month-old male infant is noted by his mother to be difficult to care for. He is very difficult to feed or soothe, and often responds to cuddling by crying and becoming rigid in his mother’s arms. Physical examination and laboratory work are all entirely normal. Which of the following psychiatric disorders is this infant at a higher risk to display in his early school years? (LQ)



A Conduct disorder

B Childhood schizophrenia

C Separation anxiety disorder

D Antisocial personality disorder

Ans. A Conduct disorder

a. This infant has what has been characterized as a “difficult” temperament. Infants with this temperament, as opposed to “easy” temperaments, have been shown to be at risk in the early school years for conduct problems.

b. This correlation, although somewhat weaker, is also present through adolescence.

c. The diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder is not given to patients under the age of 18. There is no evidence for any of the other psychiatric disorders as listed

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