Even the best-behaved children can be difficult and challenging at times. But if your child or teenager has a frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward you and other authority figures, he or she may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).
Signs of Oppositional Defiance generally begin during preschool years. Sometimes Oppositional Defiance may develop later, but almost always before the early teen years. These behaviors cause significant impairment with family, social activities, school and work.
When diagnosing Oppositional Defiance, medical professionals will evaluate symptoms of angry and irritable mood. This is shown as: is often and easily loses temper, is frequently touchy and easily annoyed by others, or is often angry and resentful. Another symptom is argumentative and defiant behavior. This is shown as: often argues with adults or people in authority, often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules, often deliberately annoys or upsets people, or often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior. Lastly, the symptoms of vindictiveness are: is often spiteful or vindictive, or has shown spiteful or vindictive behavior at least twice in the past six months
It is generally up to the parent to seek treatment, since the child is unlikely to understand that there is a problem. medical doctor or professional will perform an examination and ruled out a physical cause. A combination of therapies is generally used to treat Oppositional Defiance, including behavioral and family therapies, parental training, and sometimes medication.
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