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Criteria for ODD

Published: September 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

When I was young my teachers thought I might have ODD and recommended my mom take me to a therapist. My mom planned to go but there was a schedule mix up and we just never got around to it again. I'm wondering if you could give some information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder and tell me the criteria for it to be diagnosed.


Dear Criteria for ODD,

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can be difficult at times to differentiate between a strong-willed or emotional child and one with ODD. Many children exhibit oppositional behavior at certain stages of a child's development but there becomes a point where the behavior becomes so dominate that it interferes with all aspects of the child’s life. ODD is specifically characterized by frequent episodes of anger, deliberately irritating or hostile behavior and a pronounced intolerance for authority. 

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has created an excellent informational piece, “A Guide for Families,” that can give you a comprehensive understanding of the topic.  

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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