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How does oppositional defiant disorder affect the body?

Although it is a behavioral disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) can impact both the brain and the body. Some possible causes of ODD are biological, such as an imbalance of serotonin, which is a chemical in the brain. When biological causes of ODD affect the brain, they may leave the child unable to cope with normal behavioral situations. ODD may also have a genetic component, with behavioral characteristics inherited from the child's parents. In addition to the affects on the brain, the condition can indirectly affect the body. Because children with ODD may become violent, they can sustain injury as a result of their actions.

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