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ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder


Definition: Children with ODD typically show symptoms by the age of 8 and have many of the following behaviors occuring for a period of greater than 6 months: negative attitudes, hostile, defiant, loss of temper, defies rules, non-compliance, uncooperative, often seeks revenge, angry, spiteful, often vindictive, argues with authority and peers, constant disobedience and lacks responsibility and accountability. The behaviors are severe and frequent enough that they will impair both social and academic growth. Children with ODD present a serious concern for both parents and teachers, however, many ODD children will respond to positive parenting and teaching techniques. At this time there's no clear cause underpinning oppositional defiant disorder and research is minimal. Treatment of ODD often has weak outcomes.
Also Known As: CD - Conduct Disorder. However, CD if typcially worse than ODD, students with CD tend to have worse social skills and weaker academic skills.
A pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behavior lasting at least six months is known as ODD, a psychiatric disorder.

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