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What is the DSM, and how is it used to diagnose ODD?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), called the DSM for short, is a book published by the American Psychiatric Association. This manual provides guidelines for mental health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients. When your child visits a therapist or psychologist for diagnosis of ODD, the mental health care professional will compare your child's symptoms to a list of criteria from the DSM. In order for a child to receive a diagnosis of ODD, the DSM states that they must exhibit four of these behaviors regularly for six months or longer: showing spitefulness, showing anger, being easily annoyed, blaming others for own behavior, deliberately annoying others, refusing to comply with rules, arguing with adults, or losing temper.

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