ICD-10-CM Code F98.8

Other specified behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

F98.8 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other specified behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code F98.8 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like acting conspicuously in public, adjustment reaction in infancy, adjustment reaction of childhood, adolescent emancipation disorder, adult habitual masturbation, auto-masturbation, etc

Short Description:Oth behav/emotn disord w onset usly occur in chldhd and adol
Long Description:Other specified behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code F98.8:

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Excessive masturbation
  • Nail-biting
  • Nose-picking
  • Thumb-sucking

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code F98.8 are found in the index:


The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Acting conspicuously in public
  • Adjustment reaction in infancy
  • Adjustment reaction of childhood
  • Adolescent emancipation disorder
  • Adult habitual masturbation
  • Auto-masturbation
  • Axis II diagnosis
  • Bitten nails
  • Chewing hair
  • Digit sucking
  • Disorders of attention and motor control
  • Emotional deprivation syndrome
  • Excessive masturbation
  • Eye poking
  • Finding of general nail condition
  • Gouging own body parts
  • Habit
  • Habit
  • Habit
  • Habits involving hair - finding
  • Habitual eating of own hair
  • Habitual finger biting
  • Habitual hand biting
  • Habitual nocturnal eating of own hair
  • Hand sucking
  • Implement sucking
  • Incomplete masturbation
  • Jaw jutting
  • Juvenile masturbation
  • Lip licking
  • Lip sucking
  • Masturbation
  • Mutual masturbation
  • Nail biting
  • Nail dystrophy due to nail biting
  • Nose-picking
  • Onychotillomania
  • Pen sucking
  • Poking own eyes
  • Public masturbation
  • Pulling at own ear
  • Runaway reaction of childhood
  • Suck finding
  • Suck finding
  • Suck finding
  • Suck finding
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue sucking
  • Tongue sucking or chewing

Convert F98.8 to ICD-9

  • 313.89 - Emotional dis child NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Behavioral and emotional disorders with onset usually occurring in childhood and adolescence (F90-F98)
      • Oth behav/emotn disord w onset usly occur in chldhd and adol (F98)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients

Child Behavior Disorders

Also called: Conduct disorders

All kids misbehave some times. And some may have temporary behavior problems due to stress. For example, the birth of a sibling, a divorce, or a death in the family may cause a child to act out. Behavior disorders are more serious. They involve a pattern of hostile, aggressive, or disruptive behaviors for more than 6 months. The behavior is also not appropriate for the child's age.

Warning signs can include

  • Harming or threatening themselves, other people or pets
  • Damaging or destroying property
  • Lying or stealing
  • Not doing well in school, skipping school
  • Early smoking, drinking or drug use
  • Early sexual activity
  • Frequent tantrums and arguments
  • Consistent hostility toward authority figures

If you see signs of a problem, ask for help. Poor choices can become habits. Kids who have behavior problems are at higher risk for school failure, mental health problems, and even suicide. Classes or family therapy may help parents learn to set and enforce limits. Talk therapy and behavior therapy for your child can also help.

  • Conduct disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Discipline (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Temper tantrums (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Trichotillomania (Medical Encyclopedia)

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