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If an aggressive child has oppositional defiant disorder is it possible they will grow out of it?
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Comorbidity?
Oppositionality is often a surrogate for other conditions such as adhd, bipolar disorder, depression, learning disability, & commonly, anxiety disorder.
These conditions need to be excluded &/or addressed. Often ld children have poor apprehension of their environment & react aggressively to what they can't suss out. Conduct problems cause increased risk for future drug, alcohol & tobacco abuse.

In brief: Comorbidity?
Oppositionality is often a surrogate for other conditions such as adhd, bipolar disorder, depression, learning disability, & commonly, anxiety disorder.
These conditions need to be excluded &/or addressed. Often ld children have poor apprehension of their environment & react aggressively to what they can't suss out. Conduct problems cause increased risk for future drug, alcohol & tobacco abuse.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Without good, consistent psychotherapy for the parent and child this will not likely improve itself.

In brief: No
Without good, consistent psychotherapy for the parent and child this will not likely improve itself.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Not very likely
Odd is a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, not a developmental stage to be outgrown.
Adhd, mood disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, and language delays are some disorders that co-occur with odd. A genetic or other medical condition may underlie the behavioral symptoms. Accurate diagnoses can direct very helpful treatments when parents, providers and educators work together.

In brief: Not very likely
Odd is a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, not a developmental stage to be outgrown.
Adhd, mood disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, and language delays are some disorders that co-occur with odd. A genetic or other medical condition may underlie the behavioral symptoms. Accurate diagnoses can direct very helpful treatments when parents, providers and educators work together.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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