Can oppositional defiant disorder have any complications?

Untreated cases of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) can have serious complications as a child ages. Children who fall behind in school due to their ODD symptoms may continue to struggle academically for years. Because difficulty relating to peers is one effect of ODD, children with the condition can have trouble making and keeping friends. The defiance of authority figures that is a part of ODD can trap a child in a pattern of delinquency. Conduct disorders can develop when children with ODD do not learn how to behave appropriately. Finally, children with ODD are at risk for substance abuse disorders, because they may try to self-medicate their condition as they get older.

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