Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders in childhood. Some behaviors displayed by ODD children can be a normal part of the development process. It is when children display the behaviors more than their peers that a parent should be worried. This paper examines what oppositional defiant disorder is and the symptoms that a person can display. It will also tell the diagnostic process and treatments available to ODD patients. ODD can also be diagnosed with other disorders and we will look at attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder with co-morbid ADHD and the treatment options for that as well. It is important to note that whether a person is diagnosed with ODD or with ADHD and co-morbid ADHD early detection will greatly improve the chances that symptoms will decrease.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder When children display defiant behavior and argue with adults it can be a nightmare for parents. How can parents tell if the defiant behavior is a part of normal development or something more? The something more is Oppositional defiant disorder commonly known as ODD. Oppositional defiant disorder has “enduring patterns of negativistic, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward authority figures, as well as an inability to take responsibility for mistakes, leading to placing blame on others” (Sadock, M.D. & Saddock, M.D., 2007).
During early childhood and adolescence some oppositional and negative behavior is normal. Children go
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