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Do children grow out of oppositional defiant disorder?

Children cannot grow out of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). In fact, ODD that is not properly treated during childhood can worsen behavioral problems as the child ages. Children with untreated ODD are at risk for substance abuse disorders, conduct disorders, and delinquency. ODD can cause difficulty with functioning in an academic setting. Children with untreated ODD may fall behind at school, and their education can be compromised. However, with proper treatment, children and their parents can learn to live with the symptoms of ODD.

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