Oppositional Defiant Disorder

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is defined by a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness.

How do I know if my child has Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

ODD is a clinical diagnosis made by a clinician after careful assessment. In addition to the patterns mentioned above, the child will display several of the following symptoms during interactions with people, other than siblings:

  1. Often loses temper.
  2. Is often touchy or easily annoyed.
  3. Is often angry or resentful.
  4. Often argues with adults or other authority figures.
  5. Often actively defies or refuses to comply with requests from authority figures or with rules.
  6. Often deliberately annoys others.
  7. Often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior.
  8. Has been spiteful or vindictive.

Also note that the persistence, frequency, or intensity of behaviors should be in excess of that of most similar-age peers. For example, it is normal for most young children to lose their temper some times.

What is the treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

In most cases, ODD can be treated in an outpatient setting, like a psychologist’s office. Treatment usually consists of the modification of some parenting strategies. A combination of parent behavioral training, individual, and family therapy is often recommended.

What are the next steps?

Dr. Messina provides psychological evaluation and treatment for ODD in children and adolescents in Southlake and surrounding areas. If your child is experiencing symptoms of ODD, contact me today to schedule an appointment.