Mental health jargon: what is ODD oppositional defiant disorder

Jan 13, 19 Mental health jargon: what is ODD oppositional defiant disorder

What is ODD oppositional defiant disorder

As children grow into teenagers their behavior can become reasonably… well… difficult to say the least. But if you think about it, it makes sense. They are becoming more mature and trying to figure things out. They begin seeing themselves as contributors to society and not just large toddlers that need to be told what to do and think. The adolescent years can be full of challenges for parents working with their child through tough but exciting times. Although these normal, yet oppositional, behaviors may seem exactly like SOME type of disorder — as our children change into what seems to be completely different beings — it’s not a disorder. But we may still ask ourselves, does my daughter have ODD? Is my son ODD? Well, before you rush to a diagnosis, consider this; according to Mayo Clinic the emotions and behaviors associated with ODD last for at least six months and have the following symptoms

Angry and irritable mood:

Often and easily loses temper
Is frequently touchy and easily annoyed by others
Is often angry and resentful
Argumentative and defiant behavior:

ODD oppositional defiant disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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
Often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior

Is often spiteful or vindictive
Has shown spiteful or vindictive behavior at least twice in the past six months
ODD can vary in severity:

Mild. Symptoms occur only in one setting, such as only at home, school, work or with peers.
Moderate. Some symptoms occur in at least two settings.
Severe. Some symptoms occur in three or more settings.

To read the full Mayo Clinic article click here


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