Oppositional Defiance Disorder

You may also see Oppositional Defiant Disorder listed as O.D.D., Oppositional Defiance Disorder, or ODD. However it is listed, if you are a parent with a child who has been misbehaving severely, and you are looking for solutions on your own or even in cooperation with school counselors and your pediatrician, you will probably come across this condition at one point or another.

It can be very confusing for parents and teachers these days with the array of various diagnoses for childhood behavior problems. The DSM-IV-TR, which is the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the bible of the psychiatric industry which is published by the American Psychiatric Association [APA]), details the criteria for diagnosing a child with Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Criteria include a child losing a temper, arguing with adults, and defying rules set by adults, among other things.

It should be noted that most children will exhibit these behaviors at one point or another. The diagnostic criteria also state that these behaviors are severe and prolonged, and repetitive. They also have to interfere with the child’s regular functioning as a member of the family, classroom, or society.

Parents should be cautioned that labeling the problems will be helpful in determining a course of treatment (and will probably be a relief after trying to find an answer to the kids’ behavioral issues), but this should only be the first step in finding ways to change the child’s behavior.

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