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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a pattern of hostile
behavior by children and teens toward their parents or other authority figures.
They may argue about and break rules, lose their temper, annoy others on
purpose, blame others for their mistakes or misbehavior, and be overly
sensitive, angry, resentful, or vengeful.
Defiance is fairly common in all children, especially in teenagers.
Before a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder can be made, the disorder
characteristics need to persist over 6 months and cause significant problems
within the family.
Many children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) have oppositional defiant disorder. The oppositional defiant
behavior of some children and teens will get worse and lead to conduct disorder.
Children with conduct disorder may have a pattern of lying, stealing, and
cheating, may skip school or run away from home, and may harm animals,
property, and other people.
Treatment for children who have oppositional defiant disorder includes
therapy in anger management and communication.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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