Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavioral disorder that impacts up to 16 percent of kids and teens in the general population; that number is even higher for patients with ADHD. ODD includes regular temper tantrums, excessive arguments with adults, and uncooperative, deliberately annoying actions. It can disrupt the peace at home and school, and may be difficult to distinguish from typical independence-seeking behavior during the toddler and teen years.
The symptoms of ODD may look different in girls and boys, for whom the condition is more common. Boys with ODD tend to be more physically aggressive and have explosive anger while girls often lie, refuse to cooperate, and express symptoms in other indirect ways. ODD is usually diagnosed in childhood; some children outgrow the condition by age eight or nine.
Early intervention and treatment are the best way to help correct oppositional behavior before it progresses into a more serious mental health concern. Thinking about your child’s behavior over the last six months or longer, take this screener test and then bring the results to a mental health professional for evaluation.