PS 038: Disruptive Behavior Disorders with Ayo Gathing (M.D.)


Ayo Afejuku Gathing (M.D.) is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist.  Dr. Gathing earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Medical Doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Emory University from 2006-2009 where she received many accolades and awards. She chose to further specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a fellowship in 2009 to follow her dream to work with children with severe mental illnesses and become an expert in building healthy families.

During fellowship she began her involvement in national advocacy for children with mental illness, by participating in advocacy training for psychiatrists and traveling to Washington D.C. for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Advocacy Days at the capitol. She has also been a two time recipient of the AACAP educational outreach award and presented a clinical case conference at the AACAP 57th Annual Meeting in New York City.

During this session, Dr. Gathing and I discuss Disruptive Behavior Disorders, which are a group of behavioral disorders that frequently coexist among children and adolescents. They include behaviors like temper tantrums, physical aggression, and defiance towards any type of authority figure. These disorders include Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). While all children go through periods of testing limits, children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders struggle with school performance, family relationships, and peer connections. The disruptive behaviors usually intensify over time and negatively affect their everyday lives, as well as those around them. Listen to this episode and learn more about the differences between ODD and CD. You’ll also learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and more. Thanks for listening! -Jimmie

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