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What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Definition)

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, ...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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What features has a child that suffers from oppositional defiant disorder?

See below: Dsm-iv, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders-4th edition, defines the essential feature of odd as a recurrent pattern of behavior with negativity, defiance, disobedience, and hostility directed toward authority figures. ...Read more

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If an aggressive child has oppositional defiant disorder is it possible they will grow out of it?

If an aggressive child has oppositional defiant disorder is it possible they will grow out of it?

It depends: The younger that aggressive and oppositional symptoms are seen between the ages of 5 and 13, the more likely it is that it will last a lifetime if appropriate treatment is not given. Conduct problems that begin in adolescence and are not severe, often end in adolescence. Treatment for the first group is often family therapy, skill building, multi-agency case management, and intensive services. ...Read more

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Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

About 1 in 16: 25% of children who have oppositional defiant disorder develop conduct disorder, and 25 to 40% of those children go on to develop antisocial personality disorder. According to loeber, r, et al (1985) journal of abnormal child psychology, 21, 377-410 and zocccolillo, m., et al (1992) psychological medicine, 22, 971-986. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it possible for a sociopathic child to be misdiagnosed as having oppositional defiant disorder?

Yes: The problem is that we do not define a child as having antisocial personality disorder or sociopathy at a young age. They are referred to as having conduct disorder. Once they are 18 years old, if sociopathy remains then the diagnosis can be rendered, provided that the conduct disorder diagnosis was also rendered by 15. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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What is oppositional defiant disorder?

What is oppositional defiant disorder?

Toublemakers: More a cluster of symptoms than a disease. Hallmarks are argumentative (esp with authority), deliberately annoys others, easily annoyed themselves, & spiteful. Parents may say he's "fine until he's told no" and "thinks he's the boss". I jokingly call arguing their hobby and that they are allergic to the words "no" and "responsibility". Can be very impairing, frustrating and difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What is ?Oppositional defiant disorder ?

What is ?Oppositional defiant disorder ?

Defined: Odd is classified as one of the beharioral disorders in the dsm-iv. It is characterized by defiance, argumentative, difficulty with authority figures, can be vindictive, blames others for their mistakes, loses temper easily, deliberately annoys others, to name a few. These characteristics or symptoms need to be present for 6 months. Doesn't typically respond to meds. ...Read more

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What is an oppositional defiant disorder?

ODD : These patients refuse to follow adult rules, hold grudges, blame others for their mistakes, are easily anoyed by others and annoy those around them. For the full DX list see the apa website . ...Read more