Oppositional Defiant Disorder
— Mother of 11 year old boy
What is ODD?
Definition of ODD:
Oppositional defiant disorder [ODD] is a condition in which children display “frequent and persistent pattern of anger, irritability, arguing, defiance or vindictiveness toward you and other authority figures.” The condition must be diagnosed by a medical professional and often coexists with other disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, etc.
Source: Mayo Clinic
+ Irritable moods
+ Defiant behavior
+ Increased problems at home and school
+ Medication (for those with coexisting disorders)
How do I know if my
child has ODD?
Children with oppositional defiant disorder tend to be emotionally and physically sensitive and extremely reactive. People experience kids with ODD as angry, argumentative, and frequently and intentionally in conflict with everyone around them, including parents and other loved ones. You may notice signs of ODD in your kid, or you may hear about your kid’s ODD behaviors from teachers or other authority figures. Here is a short article from ADDitude magazine on what ODD looks like in children.
Parenting a kid with ODD can be challenging. They frequently test your boundaries, question your authority, and break the rules. If you have other children, you might have to break up fights on a daily basis. Here are a few strategies and tips that may help: ...
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Sam, a 7-year-old, has a milder form of ODD than his older brother. His mom, Stephanie, describes him as “the sweetest little kid you’ll ever meet” with a “smile that can melt the world.” You can tell that Sam is upset because his smile disappears. His first years...
Learn more about how children with ODD use Mightier as a way to learn how to manage outburst and build emotional regulation skills.
Read our article in PsychCentral on why an ODD diagnosis doesn’t make your child “bad”
Read our featured article in Parentology on why ODD can often make parents feel like it’s their fault.
Read our featured article on Parenting on how a lot of parents can mistake O.D.D. symptoms as bad behavior.