Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional-defiant-disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.

• Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior toward authority figures.
• Causes
• This disorder is more common in boys than in girls. Some studies have shown that it affects 20% of school-age children. However, most experts believe this figure is high due to changing definitions of normal childhood behavior, and possible racial, cultural, and gender biases.
• This behavior typically starts by age 8, but it may start as early as the preschool years. This disorder is thought to be caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors.
• Symptoms
• Are persistent
• Have lasted at least six months
• Are clearly disruptive to the family and home or school environment
• The following are behaviors associated with ODD:
• Negativity
• Defiance
• Disobedience
• Hostility directed toward authority figures
• These behaviors might cause your child to regularly and consistently show these signs and symptoms:
• Temper tantrums
• Argumentativeness with adults
• Refusal to comply with adult requests or rules
• Deliberate annoyance of other people
• Blaming others for mistakes or misbehavior
• Acting touchy and easily annoyed
• Anger and resentment
• Spiteful or vindictive behavior
• Aggressiveness toward peers
• Difficulty maintaining friendships
• Academic problems

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