Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is sometimes difficult to identify as children are often emotional, independent or strong-willed. There are times in a child’s life where it is normal to display oppositional behavior. When behaviors cause significant impairment with family, social activities, work and school it may be worth evaluating whether there is a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). If one is experiencing an angry or irritable mood, loss of temper, has problems with authority, actively defies rules and is spiteful or vindictive for at least 6 months, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional.

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