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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is oppositional defiant disorder?

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is when your child's behavior is frequently negative and aggressive. Your child may be irritable and argue, throw tantrums, and disobey. Your child may act out only at home or in many settings, such as school. ODD behavior is usually much more hostile than typical behavior of children the same age. Children with ODD often have other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

What increases my child's risk for ODD?

What specific behaviors are common with ODD?

Your child may do any of the following:

How is ODD diagnosed?

Your child may be diagnosed with ODD if he has had 4 ODD behaviors for at least 6 months. The behaviors must cause problems in school, at home, or work.

How is ODD treated?

Ask for more information about these and other treatments for ODD:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I help manage my child's behavior?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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