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Dr. Rachel Metheny
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Overview)

The primary symptoms of odd include angry outbursts, deliberately annoying others, irritability, arguing with authority figures, blaming, and refusing to follow rules and expectations. For a child or adolescent to be diagnosed with odd, these emotional/ behavioral problems must cause significant difficulties in important areas of functioning, such as academics, community, and home life.


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What is oppositional defiant disorder(odd)?

What is oppositional defiant disorder(odd)?

Defiant to Authority: Oppositional defiant disorder - DX of youth with 4 of he following: do not follow the directions of adults and are hostile and disobedient toward authority figures, youth may lose temper, argue with adults, annoy people or be easily annoyed, be spiteful or vindictive. It occurs more often than seen among youth of similar age and it interferes with functioning. Trauma may be source of disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Rachel Metheny
51 doctors shared insights

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Overview)

The primary symptoms of odd include angry outbursts, deliberately annoying others, irritability, arguing with authority figures, blaming, and refusing to follow rules and expectations. For a child or adolescent to be diagnosed with odd, these emotional/ behavioral problems must cause significant difficulties in important areas of functioning, such as academics, community, and home life.


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What are the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder?

Negative behavior: Oppositional defiant disorder is a usually first diagnosed in childhood. It is represented by a pattern (lasting at least 6 months) of hostile, defiant, and negativistic behavior. A child with this disorder might often lose his/her temper, argue with adults, defy or refuse to comply with adults' requests or rules, deliberately annoy people, blame others for his/her mistakes or misbehavior, etc. ...Read more

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If one of my sons has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, what are the chances my other son will have it too?

If one of my sons has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, what are the chances my other son will have it too?

Common: In my experience the most common reason for children to get diagnosed with odd, is undiagnosed sensory processing disorder. This is identified with a specialized type of occupational therapy eval. More structure and guidance would help you son, remember you are in charge and need to modle good behavior, do not continue to support conflict. Instead remember everything is an educational opportunity. ...Read more

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How do you know if your child has oppositional defiant disorder?

How do you know if your child has oppositional defiant disorder?

Evaluation: When a child seems to have problems with authority all the time, this diagnosis is a possibility. It often is found in kids with add/adhd as well. The best way is to have him evaluated by a psychologist. Their testing can clarify and diagnose this. ...Read more

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How is oppositional defiant disorder treated?

Behaviorally: Here is a dvd which will help: http://www.Amazon.Com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?Url=search-alias%3daps&field-keywords=the+20+minute+behavioral+miracle. ...Read more

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What medication would be effective in combination with therapy in treating oppositional defiant disorder? Therapy alone isn't working. Which meds help

Psychiatric Eval: Starting medication is a big step. Get a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If medication is the next step you want to be sure it is monitored. Talk to the therapist about your concerns, it might be helpful to try something different in therapy and/or more sessions. Groups can be helpful for both parents and children. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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