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What is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Oppositional defiant disorder, called ODD for short, is a repeated pattern of defiance and disobedience against authority figures. Symptoms of the condition usually develop by the time a child is eight years old. The behavior patterns of ODD must be ongoing for six months or more before a diagnosis can be confirmed. Because ODD shares some characteristics with depression, children showing signs of ODD should be carefully evaluated for depression as well. ODD is treated with behavioral therapy and, in some cases, medication.

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