Even the most mild-mannered children have occasional outbursts of frustration and disobedience. But a persistent pattern of anger, defiance, and vindictiveness against authority figures could be a sign of oppositional defiant disorder ODD. ODD is a behavioral disorder that results in defiance and anger against authority. ODD affects between 1 and 16 percent of school age children. Many children start to show symptoms of ODD between the ages of 6 and 8 years. ODD also occurs in adults.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms & Causes | Boston Children's Hospital
All children are oppositional from time to time, particularly when tired, hungry, stressed, or upset. They may argue, talk back, disobey, and defy parents, teachers, and other adults. Oppositional behavior is a normal part of development for two to three year olds and early adolescents. However, openly uncooperative and hostile behavior becomes a serious concern when it is so frequent and consistent that it stands out when compared with other children of the same age and developmental level and when it affects the child's social, family, and academic life.
What Does Oppositional Defiant Disorder Look Like in Adults?
Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. Oppositional defiant disorder ODD is a type of behavior disorder. It is mostly diagnosed in childhood. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant, and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures.
Oppositional defiant disorder ODD is a disruptive behavior disorder characterized by a pattern of angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting for at least six months. Children and adolescents with ODD may have trouble controlling their temper and are often disobedient and defiant toward others. There are no tools specifically designed for diagnosing ODD, but multiple questionnaires can aid in diagnosis while assessing for other psychiatric conditions.