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Should I talk to a doctor about my child's oppositional defiant disorder?

If your child shows signs of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), it is important to have an evaluation performed by a doctor. A therapist or psychologist who specializes in treating children oversees diagnosis and treatment of ODD. Your child's pediatrician is a good place to start and can recommend child psychology specialists in your area. Early treatment is key to successful behavior modification, so talk to your doctor when behavioral problems begin to arise, especially if there is a family history of mood or substance use disorders.

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