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Is oppositional defiant disorder serious?

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) can be serious. Because the condition interferes with normal academic and social functioning, a child with ODD can fall behind at school and have difficulty relating to peers and adults. A child with untreated ODD may eventually develop substance abuse problems, conduct disorder, and delinquency. The family dynamic can also suffer. Because it can be frustrating to care for a child with ODD, parents may struggle to cope.

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How long does oppositional defiant disorder last?
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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is usually diagnosed early in childhood and lasts throughout lif...
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What is the rate of incidence for oppositional defiant disorder?
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Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) affects boys more than girls. Some studies show that it may affe...
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Who is affected by oppositional defiant disorder?
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Behavior disorders, as a category, are, by far, the most common reason for referrals to mental healt...
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Can I develop oppositional defiant disorder as an adult?
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Generally, you cannot develop ODD as an adult. ODD is diagnosed in children by around eight years of...
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