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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Definition

Oppositional defiant disorder is an abnormal pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Diagnosis

Specialists diagnose a child with ODD, if he or she has a negative, hostile, and defiant behavior for at least 6 months, impairing social, academic, or occupational functioning.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of a child having an oppositional defiant disorder are based on individuals with comparable age and developmental level. The child frequently shows at least four negative, hostile, and defiant behaviors for at least 6 months, such as losing temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with adults' requests or rules, deliberately annoying people, blaming others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior, touchy or easily annoyed by others, angry and resentful, or spiteful or vindictive. The behaviors have interfered with the child's normal functions.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment

Various methods are used to treat Oppositional Defiant Disorder such as using a parent training model and increasing compliant behaviors by focusing on positive approaches. Methods are then introduced later in the program to extinguish negative or noncompliant behaviors.

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