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ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)

I’m not a doctor I just read….

ODD is a condition in which a child displays a consistent pattern of defiant, uncooperative, and hostility behavior towards people in authority. This behavior more than often disrupts the child’s normal daily task, including activities within the family, and school.

Angry/irritable mood

Looses temper easily; frequent outbursts of anger & resentment


Excessively argues with adults

Actively refuses to comply with requests & rules


Is spiteful & seeks revenge

Combination of:

Biological- defects in or injuries to certain areas of the brain lead to…

Genetic- inherent, many children have close family members with mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.

Environmental factors- chaotic family life, substance abuse, and inconsistent discipline by parents.

Occur in Families with a history of:

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Anxiety’s disorders

Substance use disorders

Learning disabilities

Mood disorders such as depression/bipolar depression

How to check:

No single test that can diagnose ODD.

A mental health profession can determine if child have disorder by testing the child symptoms & behaviors using clinical experience.


Children usually start showing signs between 6-8 sometimes younger. Can last through teenage years.

Best way to handle children with ODD:

  1. Look for underlying issues.  Defiance comes from various reasons.

  2. Take a break before consequences

  3. Be consistent with disciplinary consequences.

  4. Congratulate child with accomplishments.

  5. Practice child time.

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