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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Oppositional defiant disorder(ODD) is diagnosed when a child displays a persistent or consistent pattern of defiance, disobedience, and hostility toward various authority figures including parents, teachers, and other adults. ODD is characterized by such problem behaviors as persistent fighting and arguing, being touchy or easily annoyed, and deliberately annoying or being spiteful or vindictive to other people.

Children with ODD may repeatedly lose their temper, argue with adults, deliberately refuse to comply with requests or rules of adults, blame others for their own mistakes, and be repeatedly angry and resentful. Stubbornness and testing of limits are common. These behaviors cause significant difficulties with family and friends and at school or work (DSM-IV; Weiner, 1997). Oppositional defiant disorder is sometimes a precursor of conduct disorder (DSM-IV).

Source: Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Related Resources:

How to Handle Your Child's Disruptive Behavior
Strategies for parents to cope with children's disruptive behavior problems.

Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorder Links
Additional resources for parents of children with conduct disorder.

Elsewhere on the Web:

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
What the professionals use to diagnose this disorder. BehaveNet

Additional Diagnostic Features - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Dr. Jim Chandler clarifies the ODD diagnosis in this informative pamphlet.

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