Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment Plan

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What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a type of behavior disorder mostly seen in children. Children with ODD have consistent behavior patterns which include being argumentative and defiant towards parents and other figures of authority. This is a different condition from Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) where the drive to avoid demands is related to anxiety.

According to documentation from the DSM-5, the oppositional defiant disorder is “a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting at least 6 months as evidenced by at least four symptoms from any of the following categories, and exhibited during interaction with at least one individual who is not a sibling.”

Most children have bouts of ODD from time to time, but it usually disappears on its own. However, ODD may be diagnosed when the behavior persists for months.  Children with ODD consistently show signs.

Oppositional defiant disorder symptoms are:

  • Anger and irritability
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Being easily annoyed
  • Arguing with parents and other adults
  • Resistance to rules
  • Intentionally displaying annoying behavior
  • Blaming others for his/her own mistakes
  • Being vindictive

ODD is often diagnosed when kids are in elementary school up until adolescence. To be diagnosed as ODD, a child would need to have an established pattern of one or more of the symptoms for about half a year.

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